Saudi woman driver’s lashing sentence ‘revoked’

29 Sep

I was relieved to hear that Shaima Ghassaniya, the woman who was charged on Monday for driving (yes, charged for driving) and sentenced to 10 lashes, will now not have to go through the ordeal. She was sentenced a day after women in Saudi Arabia were granted the right to vote. The irony. There’s no doubt in my mind that this sentence was only revoked after international pressure and media attention. What is bizarre and also defines the rights of women in Saudi Arabia is that there is NO law against women driving, it is just that religious orders have ‘banned it.’ I’ve been following the #women2drive campaign and I admire the women who are standing up to the sick people in power who continue to treat women like 4th class citizens. I wish every woman in the country would revolt but somehow I see very little changing in a country ruled by such men as King Abdullah.

You can see my response to the article ‘Arab News Editorial: The driving issue’ here:


3 Responses to “Saudi woman driver’s lashing sentence ‘revoked’”

  1. Glen Grehan September 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    It is saddening that a member of UN and WTO continues to deprive women of such basic rights. Change, if any, will be slow in Saudi Arabia as the general population seem to support this system of guidance by the religious under Shariah law. Very low crime rates point to this.

    As long as they remain pro west and continue to pump out oil that is priced in a way that minimises disruption to western economies, they will face no real political pressure to accept the charter of fundamental human rights and allow women move into the 21st century. This campaign however, deserves constant publicity.

    • suzannesheridan September 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      does the UN not have ANY powers to act in Saudia Arabia? And it’s obviously not the only country

      • Glen Grehan September 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

        They could impose trade sanctions or embargoes. Oil is Saudi Arabia’s only export and considering that they are a “friendly” producer, USA and others would not lend any weight to imposing tariffs on the Saudi’s. Given the worlds financial plight, I doubt many nations have the will to even annoy them in the slightest!

        Deeply saddening, but that is the nature of international diplomacy.

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