Today marks a groundbreaking day as far as Saudi Arabia is concerned, as the country has issued its first driving licenses to ten women ahead of lifting the Kingdom’s ban on female drivers. It’s currently the world’s only ban on women drivers and is due to be removed from June 24.
Previously, women had complained about having to hire costly drivers, use taxis or rely on male members of their family to get to work, run errands and generally get around.
Last year, the Crown Prince outlined his new plan to reform the Saudi economy by 2030, with part of that goal including increasing the number of women in the workforce, hence the huge change.
Women who had previously held licenses in other countries were on Monday given Saudi licenses after undertaking a driving exam and an eye test, and photos of them with their new licenses have been released by the Saudi Information Ministry.