Take Action: Saudi Arabia's 'Freedom Riders' Protest For Right To Drive
Saudi women are preparing to take to the streets on June 17 - in cars - to protest the restrictions forbidding them to drive. The 'Women 2 Drive' campaign began when a young mother, Manal al-Sharif, was detained after posting a YouTube video of herself driving in Riyadh. At least six other women have been arrested after following al-Sharif's example.
While there is no law in Saudi Arabia forbidding a woman to get behind the wheel, licenses are only issued to men. Women rely on male relatives and chauffeurs to move around in their daily lives.
Activists are mobilizing through Facebook and Twitter, calling on women to use foreign licenses on Friday. They have sent an open letter to the US Secretary of State urging the American government to call for the release of Saudi women who have been arrested for driving and to support Saudi Arabia's 'Freedom Riders'.
Upload your own video - Honk if you support Saudi women! If you support the right of Saudi women to drive, get in your car, honk, make a video passing on the message, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saudi Arabia urged to release woman arrested following driving campaign, Amnesty International, 25 May 2011.