First Saudi women receive their driver’s licenses

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Saudi Arabia issued its first driver’s licenses to 10 women on Monday as the kingdom prepared to lift the world’s only ban on  female drivers in three weeks. But some who campaigned for the right to drive remained under arrest.A government statement said the 10 women who were issued licenses already held licenses from other countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Lebanon and Canada. They took a brief driving test and eye exam before being issued the licenses at the General Department of Traffic in the capital, Riyadh. International media were not there for the event.Other women across the country have been preparing for the right to drive on June 24 by taking driving courses on female-only college campuses. Some are even training to become drivers for ride-hailing companies like Uber. Saudi women had long complained of having to hire costly male drivers, use taxis or rely on male relatives to get to work and run errands.

 

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