Saudi woman arrested for simply driving a car is set free

Linked on our blogs with Release Saudi Woman Arrested for Simply Driving a Car, May 28, 2011. – Received by e-mail, From:

Hi! Last week you signed a petition calling for the immediate release of Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi mother arrested for daring to drive a car. Almost 3,500 people from all over the world joined you in calling for Manal’s release and and an end to the Saudi ‘gender apartheid.’ Good news: yesterday, at 6pm Saudi time, Manal was released from prison! After extensive pressure from activist groups and media outlets all over the world, the Saudi government had no choice but to give in.  

This is, of course, only the beginning. Saudi Arabia remains the only country on earth where a woman can’t drive or even ride a bicycle. That’s why Saudi women’s rights activists have decided to take this to the next level, with a new campaign calling on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make a public statement of support for Saudi Arabia allowing women to drive.

As their petition reads: “Given the recent arrests of women trying to drive, now is the time for the US to show its muscle and make that pressure public… We believe that Secretary Clinton making a public statement of support for Saudi Arabia opening the country’s roads to women would be a game changing moment.” Please sign and share the petition as much as you can:

Thanks again so much for taking action, Benjamin Joffe-Walt, Editor,

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