Thanks to a new decree by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, women in Saudi Arabia would have the rights to drive in the country.
King Salman ordered the change in a royal degree delivered on Tuesday night, requesting that drivers licenses be issued to women.
This change in Saudi’s royal degree overturns a cornerstone of Saudi conservatism that had been a cause célèbre for activists demanding reforms in the fundamentalist kingdom. The new order will take months for it to be rolled out and women in Saudi Arabia can begin to drive by 2018.
The report on The Guardian stated that the committee will take up the recommendations within 30 days from the date of the decree, and will be implemented between 23 and 24 of June 2018, based on the Islamic calendar.
Although women in Saudi Arabia, would now be able to drive, it would have to be in accordance with the Islamic laws.
Manal al-Sharif, who became the public face of the campaign to allow women drive after she was imprisoned for driving, tweeted in excitement after the announcement was made
In November 1990, 47 Saudi women drove their cars around Riyadh to protest the driving ban. They faced severe punishment at the time and the campaign died away until 2008, when Wajiha Huwaider dared to drive a car around the eastern provinces, escaping arrest.
From 2011 Sharif and another woman, Najla al-Hariri, became global figureheads of a cause that drew the attention of global leaders, who had urged the kingdom to overturn the ban.