Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saudi Arabia continues to treat women as chattels
Saudi activists say a court has sentenced a Saudi woman with 10 lashes for defying the kingdom's ban on women driving. Activist Samar Badawi says Shaima Ghassaniya was found guilty today of driving without the government's permission.
No laws prohibit women from driving, but conservative religious edicts have banned it.
The verdict is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. Other women were detained for several days, but had not been sentenced by a court. But it explains the surprising announcement two days where Saudi King Abdullah announced that, for the first time, women have the right to vote and run in the country's 2015 local elections. That was just a cover for today's ruling.
I hope Saudi women find a ride to the polling stations.