Video: Saudi Woman Defies Driving Ban

A new video has surfaced on social media, purportedly showing a Saudi woman taking the wheel in defiance of a ban on driving by females in Saudi Arabia.

The footage, uploaded on the Internet on Sunday, displays a woman who appears to be driving in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh.

“I drive occasionally, but nobody has ever filmed me; However, this time I’ve decided to do it [myself],” the veiled woman says.

She also asks Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to lift the ban on women’s driving.

The development is the latest in the acts of defiance by Saudi women against the ban on driving by females in the country.

Many similar videos have been posted online, showing women taking the wheels.

In 2011, dozens of women took part in a campaign dubbed Women2Drive, challenging the ban. They posted on internet social networks pictures and videos of themselves while driving.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving. The ban stems from a religious fatwa imposed by the country’s Wahhabi clerics. If women get behind the wheel in the kingdom, they may be arrested, sent to court and even flogged.

Saudi authorities have defied calls by international rights groups to end what has been described as a violation of women’s rights.

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