Saudi women video selves driving cars in nationwide protest against sexist “men only” law

A woman drives a car in Saudi Arabia, risking jail.

A car drives by and sees her.

Suddenly, a mom, a little boy, and a little girl with a huge smile, give the female driver a big thumbs up.

The driver-activist thumbs back.


The video, and protest, are remarkable for their mundacity: Something as simple as driving a car is a cry for human rights.

I love the little kids in this video, and especially the little girl who got a small glimpse of a better future, and liked it.

This is part of a larger nationwide protest taking place on October 26, 2013 in Saudi Arabia.  On that day, women will drive, en masse, as a protest against the unjust law. I just found the Web site for the campaign that organized this protest.  They have a slew of videos of women driving in protest already, to gear up for October 26.



It’s really remarkable.  Check out this one – so short, and such a sense of risk and danger in something so seemingly banal.

And here’s the video with the adorable kids giving the thumbs up.

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5 Responses to “Saudi women video selves driving cars in nationwide protest against sexist “men only” law”

  1. Cliiiiiiiveeeeee says:

    I’m surprised there is no mention of the two men who wave and give the thumbs up at the end.

  2. quax says:

    Whenever this topic pops up I cannot help but to point out, that the first long distance driver was a woman, and not only that, without her courage and money the most popular brand of car for your average douche-bag Saudi price wouldn’t exist.

  3. RyansTake says:

    Wow, a lot of people seemed very supportive in the video. Perhaps it’s just another country captured by wing nuts in which the majority does not agree. That would be nice and, should that be the case, I hope the wing nuts there will see the light — or are made to very soon.

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  5. cole3244 says:

    saudi arabia another one of the barbaric nations we support and defend, unbelievable.
    you go ladies.

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