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dateline: 27 September 2017

Saudi Women Granted Right to Drive

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • decree: an official order
  • rally: to work together to promote a cause or group
  • activist: a person who fights publicly for a right or cause
  • largely: mainly
  • economic: related to finances and money
  • go into effect: to become live, real, or law

Saudi Women Granted Right to Drive

A decree has been issued in Saudi Arabia that gives women the right to . Until now, women in the kingdom have not been allowed to obtain a driver’s licence or drive a car. Saudi Arabia is the only country that has this ban. For years, human rights groups have rallied for in the kingdom to have this basic right. Lifting the ban will allow many more women to go to work and will help save costs on drivers. As female Saudi activist Manal Al-Sarif said, the decision was largely economic: “They cannot afford keeping women in the back seat.” The royal order will go into in June 2018.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is this report mainly about?
  2. Who is Manal Al-Sharif?
  3. When will the new law go into effect?

Discussion Questions: Preventing half of the adult population from driving put a major stress on Saudi Arabia’s economy. How will everyday life change for men, women, and children when this ban is officially lifted?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

3 Comments on Saudi Women Granted Right to Drive

  1. Alberto says:

    More money will be saved in every family because women will not have to hire drivers to move.

  2. Tara Benwell says:

    So true! It’s really nice to hear good news, isn’t it? On the other hand, if you look back at related news on EnglishClub, it’s sad to see how long it took Saudi women to get this basic right!

  3. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report because It’s a good news for all of us because we can see other women in another country to get new rights.

    Second, I read in the news today, a woman also became the speaker of Saudi Arabia Embassy in Washington. Here is the link:

    These good news show that some governments are trying to change their old opinions about the women. Our modern world cannot accept old opinions that the women don’t have any right even driving the cars.

    I hope all of us to hear the good news about rights of the women day to day, more and more.

    Have a great weekend and best wishes,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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