MEMRI Posts Video of First Saudi Women Obtaining Driver’s Licenses
WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / August 15, 2018 / A video showing the first Saudi women to receive driver’s licenses was posted on YouTube by the Saudi Center for Government Communication on June 5, a few weeks before the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was due to be lifted. The Middle Eastern Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has released the video on its website and YouTube channel with translation into English and subtitles.
“The video shows several women driving and holding up their new licenses to the camera,” the video stated, according to the MEMRI translation. “They call it the “ultimate happiness” and praise the Traffic Department for its attitude and efficiency.” In response to media questions, the women made several impactful statements regarding their emotions and how a driver’s license will change their lives.
“By Allah, I cannot describe how I feel,” said one woman. “This is the ultimate happiness. Honestly, I cannot describe how I feel.”
“Driving is one of the means that enable women to fulfill their personal needs,” explained another. “The first thing I will do is drive my children to school, Allah willing.”
According to the women, they were all treated graciously throughout, with no prejudices being held by the traffic department or their employees. “I am very happy with how the people of the Traffic Department welcome us, how they directed us, and the way the licenses were processed.”
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