Saudi Arabia is the heartland for religious followers of the Islamic faith. Millions of worshipers come to visit the two holiest sites in Islam every year. But what do we know about the military and economic powerhouse in the Middle-East that is Saudi Arabia? Perhaps these facts and photos can shed light on what really goes on in the Sunni Muslim state.
Saudi Arabia was the last country in the world to allow women to drive. It had nothing to do with driving skills, and everything to do with religious law that bans women from getting their driver’s license and operating a car. The law was overturned in June 2018, sparking hope for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
Driving was just the first thing on a list of many that women cannot do in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, women don’t have the right to open a bank account or travel. They need special permission from their male guardians to attend school or go to work.