Saudi Women Are Sick And Tired Of Paying High Fares To Commute

If women in Saudi Arabia won't be allowed to drive, they demand something else from authorities.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, and their protests against the restriction have fallen on deaf ears for years. 

In the ultra-orthodox kingdom, women who want to drive are considered to be exceeding their limits — this absurd notion leaves them dependent on their male relatives or paid transportation services. As a result, many of them incurred a high commuting cost, especially those who need the service everyday to get to work.

This year, Saudi women have not only  taken to social media to demand their rights to drive but they have put forward two options for authorities: Either give them the freedom to drive or provide them with “special discounted transportation.”

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The Arabic hashtag, #IWillDriveMyCarJune15, is making waves on Twitter and has already received close to a million mentions.

Advocates of the movement are now demanding the government “permit us to drive or provide special discounted transportation for women.”



Ever since the rise of gasoline prices at the start of 2016, citizens have been complaining about the increasing hike in fares.

Umm Ahmed, a teacher who goes to a school every day in the same taxi, reported that the driver demanded an additional SR500 ($133) for the service although she lives only a short distance from school.

The transportation provider, Uber, has provided much needed relief to women, who now make up 70-90% of the company’s consumer base. Before Uber, women were limited to having personal chauffeurs (if they could afford them) or hiring a car for a whole day, both of which were unreliable and overly expensive.

Yet, even with Uber, women are feeling the toll of paying for car transport every day and hence the demand for discount rate for women who avail transport services.

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Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Faisal Al Nasser

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