In the latest attack on Saudi women’s campaign to drive, a prominent holy man says sitting in a car hurts the reproductive system. Saudi cleric Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, stated that if women were allowed to drive, it would harm their ovaries. Driving “pushes the pelvis upwards” and women who hope to get behind a wheel should “put reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions.” Despite the Cleric’s opinion, a new movement inside Saudi Arabia is growing and next October 26, women all around the country will drive together in a major invent, risking prison. Such protests have happened before, but “This time will be different. The women are going to be much bolder now”, a prominent Saudi women’s activist said.
David Keyes is the executive director of Advancing Human Rights and co-founder of CyberDissidents.org. He is a contributor to The Daily Beast and has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and many other publications.