The native female residents of Saudi Arabia have too few human rights. For example, even though they can fly planes, they are still forbidden from driving cars and other motor vehicles.
Saudi Arabia is the only country on the entire planet, which is still forbidding women from operating motor vehicles. In other words, female citizens can’t drive cars. However, they are allowed to fly air crafts. Back in the not so distant 2007 a Saudi woman named Hanadi Al-Hindi, graduated from Jordan’s Middle East Academy of Aviation. However, she wasn’t allowed to fly an air craft within the borders of Saudi Arabia. Even though she was a licensed pilot she had to wait nearly 7 years to put her skills to practice. Nowadays the 35 year old woman is allowed to fly planes and she’s operating on prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s planes.
This woman’s case is raising even more attention towards the human rights problem in the Middle Eastern country, which is still refusing to treat women and men equally. There have been numerous attempts to make the government lift the ban on driving, but all of the protests and pleas haven’t really done any good. Not only does the government refuse to allow females to drive vehicles, but they also arrest and sentence people to jail and fines if they decide to defy this law. Thus, it comes to no surprise that even though women like Al-Hindi can fly planes, they still have to be driven by somebody else (a male companion) to an airport or travel with a written permission from a husband, father or brother.
The driving ban isn’t exactly a law, but it is being treated as an “informal religious fatwa” – or in other words, a common comprehension of what must and what must not be done.