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Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Saudi Women Drivers
Hamsa al-Sonosi poses with her new Range Rover. ‘I didn’t think I’d see this day in my lifetime,’ she says. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
I love this picture by David Levene that accompanied this article in the Guardian on it being made legal for women in Saudi Arabia to drive.
It contrasts with this image from an advert titled 'He is Empowering Saudi Women' that showed all over the place in the UK when the Crown Prince came to visit London a few months back.
And these are some of the images that have been posted in the last 24 hours. Around 30 women in Jeddah now have licences...
As the article suggests, what matters is who is seen to be granting this right, who is empowering the women. And according to various commentators quoted in the article, it can't be the women themselves. Empowerment has multiple meanings.