Saudi Woman Arrested for Driving

@ddaguno (3110)
Philippines
May 22, 2011 12:59am CST
This is the first article I saw when I opened Yahoo today. Some myLotters probably do not know how strict Saudi Arabia is. This is a country where women have to wear scarves and abayas whenever in public. Women are not allowed to drive and they cannot be seen talking or dining with men who are not their husband. I know someone who has been in jail for more than a year now because Saudi Police raided their apartment and saw that they were making alcoholic beverages. Here is the link for the article if you want to know more http://en-maktoob.yahoo.com/?p=us They have rules that I find bizarre but it is their country and their ruler can impose the rules, so for me, if you cannot live with their rules, then just don't live in their country.
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@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
22 May 11
hello dda, It's really sad to hear how they treat women in this part of the globe. But what we can do,no matter how women fight for their rights,if the ruler won't hear their cry/cries...unless the whole world will joined to help them (women) that i still doubt if can melt the king's heart. Honestly...let's hope and pray that one day,those women will enjoy their freedom. have a great day
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@polaris77 (2019)
• Bacau, Romania
22 May 11
I think that the way women are treated in Saudi Arabia is completely inhumane and I feel really sorry for them because they are punished mercilessly for things that are considered to be normal by the free world,and I'm afraid there are some places in the world where mentalities won't change very soon.It's true that if we don't like the rules of one country we can try to leave somewhere else,but I suppose freedom of movement is also limited in some countries,so if people have the bad luck to be born there,they can't do too much to change their lives.It's really sad to read such stories;I'm glad I don't live in such a country.
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@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
23 May 11
well, it seems like suppression for us who can do whatever we want to do but not all of them mind their situation because a lot of them feel that the rules are just right as per their religion plus, man, they are really rich.
• Philippines
22 May 11
I also watched in CNN that by June 17 women in Saudi Arabia will begin driving here's the link: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/05/21.saudi.women.drivers/index.html
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@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
22 May 11
nice! if they do change the laws, im sure a lot of Saudi women will be thrilled
@mauricel (113)
• Philippines
22 May 11
Hi ddaguno. That Saudi woman is very brave. I like her spirit! Breaking the rules just to prove to herself and to others that she or rather women in Saudi is also capable in doing what men can to and what women in other country is doing. GIRL POWER! But sad to say, there is always a consequence in every actions and decisions we make.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
22 May 11
very brave indeed. but i think she has her guts because she is a local. i dont think she would've done that if she's an expat.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
22 May 11
Yes, amongst all the Muslim countries Saudi Arabia is the most difficult place to live.I spent 4 years in the Sultanate of Oman, another Muslim country,which is a very moderate one.However there also we had to follow their rules and regulations though they were not as strict as in Saudi Arabia.Yes, the locals did follow the rules and women did wear scarves and the abaya but i saw several women driving cars and even mtorbikes.However expatriate women did not have to follow their rules and could wear any kind of dress except that they be decent and not revealing.SA being the Seat of ISLAM is more traditional and conservative therefore one has to abide by their rules of the Sharia,the Muslim laws and yes if one cannot stomach them then its better not to go there at all.
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@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
22 May 11
I heard Oman is similar to UAE when it comes to expat rules and policies. It is nice that these countries are not as strict as SA giving more job opportunities to those in need.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
22 May 11
Hi. ddaguno. This is very sad, so sad! Saudi Arabia has some really crazy rules. That is one of the reasons why I don't want to ever visit a foreign country like this. I saw a show on A&E last night. It was about parking rules in the cities of where to park and where not to park. Well, in Philadelphia, they hardly have any parking spaces at all. It is just miserable! People that live here, get so many tickets and their vehicle is booted. They then, have so many added tickets to what they already have. They end up paying so much of money back. It is just crazy! I guess I won't be leaving the state that I now live in anytime soon.
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@original8 (108)
• Belgium
22 May 11
woman should be allowed to do as they please these things have to stop, there has to come peace.
@moirai (1471)
• Philippines
22 May 11
Yes, I agree with you. We can not really impose our own practices and beliefs on them because they might have their own reasons for imposing such strict rules in their country. So, if you find that you can not live with their rules, better to find another place to live.
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@anil02 (2886)
• India
23 May 11
In countries of middle east it is a normal thing to treat women as a third class citizen. Pakistan also have this problem. Women have not any freedom in these countries.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
24 May 11
Thankfully it's not like that here in UAE
@anil02 (2886)
• India
24 May 11
It is nice thing if women have any problem in UAE. Women also have right to live as she like.
@anil02 (2886)
• India
24 May 11
Sorry, it typing mistake, read if women have not any problem in UAE
• United States
23 May 11
Hi ddaguno Wow that is very extreme, to be arrested for driving. I suppose if I lived there, I would learn the rules, that is provided I wanted to stay there. Though I may not agree with what is in the article, I do have to say that no matter where we live we either follow the rules and or leave. Just glad it is not that way here where I live, gee sad for the ones who just have no choice.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
26 Jun 11
Not everyone is affordable to move out from the place where they have been there since they were born. Even though someone is allowed to migrate to a new place, she might have many problems as culture shock, languages, climate, career and so on at a new society. To change is the best solution to overcome this problem.
• United States
26 Jun 11
That is what I said above as you see my first line it says: "I suppose if I lived there, I would learn the rules," Which implies living there means if that is the rule and we cannot do anything to change it then we have no choice but to abide by it. Meaning if we cannot move then one would have no choice but to abide by the rule. Quite sad though that one has to be subjected to this harsh rule.
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
22 May 11
Crappy country with crappy rules sweetie. No offense, but i think it's time those men get treated like that. Let's see how they will like it. Wish i could get all the women out of that country.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
23 May 11
let's do it dear! I'll rent a magic carpet but you drive ok?
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
23 May 11
I drive just fine sweetie. Let's do it.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 11
This is a hell for the women. If I am staying there, I must ensure all of my children are boys. I shall feel guilty to have a baby girl there. The following link is a discussion about this matter too, http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2532721.aspx I hope someday, our big brother, America can change this place and the free all of the women there.
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
24 May 11
Well I certainly would never step foot in such a mysogenist country. Unfortunately women are born there and are stuck. They have no choice, they have no way to escape, so your comment about leaving the place if you cannot live by the rules is silly. The rules are not silly at all, they are designed to disempower women and keep them as second class citizens. Islam was not like this when it started, nor was Christianity but both were taken over by priests who hated women and centuries of women suffered because of it. If they had their way all women would be enslaved. I am curious why all these men fear women so much that they feel they have to treat them like this.
• China
23 May 11
If I were a woman,I wouldn't live in such a country(But it's said this country is rather rich for selling lots of oil!).In my country women are free enough to do everything legal as long as they are able to do it.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
23 May 11
ddaguno, As long as the Muslims still believe that by oppressing their women from public view and involvement, then trivial issues like these will always be punishable according to their religious code. I am afraid there will not be much anybody could do and just hope that she will be lightly punished for this. Out of this along with other oppressive measures on their women, I would not be surprise if the women will one day gather together and start another upheaval in the Middle East.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
23 May 11
you are right and i also cannot go and live there, there is too much limitation on women and it is too much i believe. I am used to being treat equally, what men can do, i can do.
• United States
23 May 11
It is sad to see that women are treated this way in other countries. They can not go out the house without permission. They can not drive. What are they children? Hopefully this will call attention to their rights as humans! Come on. I understand their clothing for religious reasons. But to keep them helpless is taking it too far.