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The women practice riding in a closed circuit on the outskirts

Saudi women in driver’s seat as longstanding ban is lifted

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Ultraconservatives in Saudi Arabia had warned against women driving, saying it would lead to sin and expose women to harassment. Ahead of lifting the driving ban, the kingdom passed a law against sexual harassment with up to five years in prison for the most severe cases.

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With unequivocal state backed support for the change, more Saudis are openly embracing the move as long overdue.

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The most emphatic supporters of women’s right to drive, however, have been silenced. Three of the women who’d taken part in the 1990 protest and several others who campaigned years later for the right to drive were arrested last month. Some have been temporarily released.

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Their stunning arrest has cast a pall on the social openings being pushed by 32 year old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is seen as the force behind reforms reshaping the kingdom.

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Not all women are driving at once, though. The overwhelming majority of women in Saudi Arabia cheap jordan sneakers still don’t have licenses. Many haven’t had a chance to take the gender segregated driving courses that were first offered to women only three months ago.

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The limited number of women’s driving schools has led to a wait list of several months, and there are still many cities without courses. The classes also cost several hundred dollars, far more than what men currently pay.

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But there are a handful of women eagerly awaiting the end of another roadblock: When women can drive motorcycles.

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