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Reinventing The Wheel?
May 24, 2011
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Not sure if you know this or not, but in Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive. Well of late, there's been a huge explosion of outrage on social media from women demanding the freedom to operate their own cars. This weekend, one of the women behind the movement, Manal al-Sharif, was arrested for driving her car and posting a video of it online.

She was ordered held for five days. Women's rights groups believe Saudi authorities are nervous about the growing disobedience in their streets, especially in the wider context of the uprisings in nearby Arab countries. They say Saudi officials are trying to make an example of al-Sharif by sending her to prison. The movement carries on though, as activists are demanding al-Sharif's release. A Facebook page titled "We are all Manal al-Sharif: a call for solidarity with Saudi women's rights," had been "liked" by more than 14,000 people today.


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