3 Saudi Shura Council women urge female drive ban lifted
RIYADH (AFP) - Three female members of Saudi Arabia's Shura Consultative Council filed a recommendation on Tuesday that a ban on women driving in the ultra-conservative kingdom be lifted, one of them said.
The move comes ahead of an October 26 initiative by Saudi activists to defy a long-standing driving ban on women in Saudi Arabia.
Ms Latifa al-Shaalan told AFP that she and two fellow council members, Ms Haya al-Mani and Ms Muna al-Mashit, filed a recommendation urging the kingdom's top consultative body to "recognise the rights of women to drive a car in accordance with the principles of sharia (Islamic law) and traffic rules".
They backed their recommendation with results of studies on the various justifications for women to drive.