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Text of Saudi king's royal decree on women driving

Text of Saudi king's royal decree on women driving

Aziza Yousef drives a auto on a highway in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 29, 2014, as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving.

By MONA EL-NAGGAR and ADAM BOLT on Publish Date October 15, 2016.

A top education official in Saudi Arabia was sacked this week after a doctored image of King Faisal with Star Wars icon Yoda made its way into a Saudi textbook.

Low oil prices have limited the government jobs that many Saudis have long relied on, and the kingdom is trying to push more citizens, including women, into gainful employment. The more affluent have male drivers and more recently, in major cities, women could access ride hailing apps like Uber and Careem.

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"The next challenge came in 2011, when activist Maha al-Qatani was the first Saudi woman to get a traffic ticket". She was arrested at the time for taking part in the actions, and later wrote a book about her experience.

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States, said, "Saudi Arabia is changing".

In a major step towards gender equality for the kingdom that is often criticized for its infringement of women's rights, King Salman issued a royal decree this Thursday allowing women to acquire their driver licence. A committee will be set up to study how enforce the regulations. Women there are forbidden to wear clothes or make-up that "show off their beauty", must limit the amount of time they spend with men who aren't family members and are not allowed to use public swimming pools.