Saudi Women can now drive – here are six other things they should be be allowed to do too

Saudi religious police prevent wayward women from using swings.

Yesterday, the Saudi Arabian government announced that it would allow women the right to drive from next June. And what seems like a basic human right here in the Western world has until now been an illegal activity for Saudi Arabia’s female population punishable by 10 lashes, as was Shaima Ghassaniya’s punishment in 2011 after being found guilty of driving without the government’s permission. The country had been unique in that it was the only country in the world where women are forbidden to drive motor vehicles.

In April 2017, women campaigners filmed themselves silently walking in the street without male companions (also banned) as part of their fight for the right to drive, while woman’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was detained for 73 days in 2014 for driving in the nation as a protest against the ban.