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A woman is holding her driver license into the camera, a proud smile is on her face.

Normally this scene wouldn´t get much attention, except when it took place in Saudi – Arabia. This Islamic marked nation is the only country on the planet where women still aren´t allowed to drive. This law is going to be abolished on 24th June.

Dschudat Rima is the name of the women in the picture. She already had a driver license from a neighbouring country of Saudi – Arabia. “Thousands of congratulations to the daughters of our nation”, she twittered. It’s a clear statement to all the oppressed women there. Getting a driver license might be the beginning of a whole new era: a reformation, a modernisation to finally provide gender equality.

In the ultraconservative kingdom, more than half of the population is under the age of 25 years and ready to liberate the system. In Saudi – Arabia the rate of unemployment within the youth is high, restrictions and limitation are everywhere. The established and dreaded religious police controls “takes care” of women being covered and properly dressed. When the religion becomes the state and the priests become the politicians, then it´s not far away from calling Saudi – Arabia a role model for the Islamic State (IS).


Has Saudi – Arabia found it´s reformer?

Crowned prince Mohammed bin Salman is regarded as the hope of the young Arabians. He is young and full of visions about a more modern future. Recently, he disempowered the religious police and stated that, there is no duty to wear hijab for Muslimas. Moreover, the effort to take away power from the strictest political tendency: the Wahabi Muslims.

He speaks out the truth about his country and reveals the actual living conditions. Besides women rights, Mohammed bin Salman also focuses on economic and technological development. The establishment of a megacity worth millions called “Neom” eventually would increase his nation´s importance.

But in fact, it´s not all good he does. Mohammed bin Salman is a controversial person, whose actions can be appreciated on the one hand, but never accepted on the other hand. When it comes to foreign policy, the crowned prince is known to be a “hardliner”. While threatening the arch-nemesis Iran with building nuclear bombs, he supports the war against the Shia minority in Yemen.

Is it right to rely on him when there are still nine women rights activists suffering in prison?

Is it right to call him hope when women are ordered by their husband, father or brother?

Is it right to praise a man as the saviour of Saudi – Arabia when he destroys families of other belief?


Story by: Elisabeth Fitzke/