Saudi Arabia gives a strict warning to women protesters and drivers

posted Oct 30, 2013, 2:39 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 30, 2013, 2:40 PM ]

Women have been given very threatening calls, on October 26th, from men that have claimed to be from “the Interior Ministry” to stop driving or else be given awful consequences. Certain laws and bans in Saudi Arabia restrict women from driving in the public and anyone caught driving will certainly be punished. On that very Saturday, all women are required to let go of the wheel while protesting. Many are protesting against this ban and support the Women’s Driving Campaign. All women hope for a change and believe that their actions will give them more freedoms.

This relates to our social studies curriculum because in class, we have discussed multiple times about Southwest Asia’s personal freedoms and governments. This topic has been reviewed and we have learned that countries in Southwest Asia like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel all have restrictions towards women, including driving.

SS7CG5 The student will explain the structures of the national governments of Southwest Asia (Middle East).

a. Compare the parliamentary democracy of the State of Israel, the monarchy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the theocracy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, distinguishing the form of leadership and the role of the citizen in terms of voting rights and personal freedoms.