Sunday Feb 05, 201211:15 AM GMT
Saudi women file lawsuit against govt.
Saudi women exit a car in Riyadh on September 26, 2011 a day after King Abdullah granted women the right to vote and run in municipal elections.
Sun Feb 5, 2012 11:14AM
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Two Saudi female activists, defying a ban on women’s driving in Saudi Arabia, have filed a lawsuit against the government for refusing to issue driving licenses for them.


The two activisits, Manal al-Sherif and Samar Badawi, filed their suits against the interior ministry on Saturday.

"There is no actual law that states woman can't drive" in Saudi Arabia and therefore "no justification for preventing them from issuing a licence," said al-.Sherif.

She launched “My Right, My Dignity” campaign last year, calling on Saudi women to challenge the ban on women’s driving in their country. She was also detained for ten days after releasing a video of her driving on YouTube website.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women -- both Saudi and foreign -- from driving.

In addition to driving prohibition, women in Saudi Arabia must have written approval from a male guardian, that could be a father, husband, brother or son, to leave the country, work or even undergo certain medical operations.

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