Girls in the country call this day historical.
On June 24, according to the King’s decree in Saudi Arabia, the ban on driving for women was completely lifted . The country remained the last in the world, where girls were threatened with penalties and fines for being behind the wheel.
Restriction has been in effect since the 1950s. Women-violators and activists who advocated the abolition of the ban, arrested or dismissed from workplaces. In 2017, after signing the decree, local authorities noted that the ban caused damage to the state’s reputation in the world.
Nevertheless, the vast majority of women in Saudi Arabia do not yet have a driver’s license. Girls who still got behind the wheel, a few months before that passed the proposed driving courses by the authorities.
Some residents of Saudi Arabia got behind the wheel right after midnight. Many on their first trip on the morning of June 24 brought the children to school. In social networks, a lot of photos and videos on the lifting of the ban appeared.
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— Lindsey Hilsum (@lindseyhilsum) 23 June 2018
A historic moment that symbolizes the #New #Saudi and its #Vision2030 in action …
Thank yous to everyone who made this possible…
New chapter is about to be written…#SaudiWomenDriving #SaudiArabian #LookAtMeNow#تستحقينها pic.twitter.com/ueiBHfrHxw
— Muna AbuSulayman منى (@abusulayman) 23 June 2018
— Arab News (@arabnews) 23 June 2018
— خبر عاجل (@AjelNews24) 23 June 2018
Roses from police officers
The police of the kingdom prepared for the historic event. The patrols were distributed to women drivers of roses with a congratulation from the authorities.
IN PICTURES: Pictures circulating on social media have shown #Saudi traffic police handing out roses to female drivers as they sat behind the wheel for the first time in the early hours of Sunday. https://t.co/UzHEkj7t1M#SaudiWomenDriving pic.twitter.com/4zgX9QQaso
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) 24 June 2018
Princess behind the wheel
One of the first motorists in the history of the kingdom was the Saudi princess Rome al-Walid ben Talal. Her father, a billionaire prince, wrote on Twitter that her daughter carries him and her grandchildren through the streets of Riyadh.
— الوليد بن طلال (@Alwaleed_Talal) 23 June 2018
The first female taxi drivers
Fadya Basmer, 23, one of first female taxi drivers in #SaudiArabia after ban lifted at midnight. When we were out on our drive, a little girl saw her in the driver’s seat and smiled- couldn’t believe her eyes.”It’s about inspiring girls to do what men do.” pic.twitter.com/MwyFudusA9
— Josie Ensor (@Josiensor) 24 June 2018
“Fadia Basmer, 23, is one of the first female taxi drivers to appear at midnight after the lifting of the ban in Saudi Arabia. When we got out of the car after the trip, the little girl looked at the driver’s seat and smiled – she could not believe her eyes: “It inspires the girls to do what men do” “