Saudi Prince Wants Women Behind the Wheel

"Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia wrote in a recent statement.

This four page statement argued the "moral and pragmatic case for allowing women to drive," and highlighted the fact that banning female drivers from driving is "unjust" and "an infringement on a woman's rights."

Though Prince Alwaleed has "no official position in the Saudi government," according to The Telegraph, he is one of the world's wealthiest men with an approximate net worth of $18.4 billion and is a strong influence within the country.

While his statement does go over the financial, economic, social, religious, and political factors of allowing women to drive, it also lists a series of restrictions and conditions to maintain in order "to allow for an element of moderation."

These rules include requiring women to carry smartphones when they drive, ensuring women are familiar with car services in case they break-down, banning women from leaving the city limits in their cars, and limiting licenses to cars.

Nevertheless, the Prince's statement ensures one very basic thing: the advancement of women's rights.

"The proper solution is to allow them to drive."

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