Saudi Arabia is one of the most sexist and misogynistic countries on the face of the planet, but it seems the times are changing for its society.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi royal family, is a strong supporter of women’s rights and has spoken out against the country’s ban on women drivers. He wrote on twitter “Stop the debate: Time for women to drive.”
According to Al Jazeera, the prince is not directly involved in politics, but he does hold leadership positions in several significant businesses. His press office argues that the social stigma surrounding an educated ‘working wife’ has radically changed, telling the news outlet:
“Such a ban on driving is fundamentally an infringement on a woman’s rights, particularly as it continues to exist after she had won her right ti an education and salaried employment. Beyond being a rights issue, it is also an economic, developmental and societal one.”
It’s unclear how Suadi Arabia’s regulators will react to prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s comments, but his outspokenness is viewed as a sign of changing times for Suadi society.