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Saudi Govt should end ban on Women driving : UN Experts

United Nation’s expert said ” Saudi Government should end the kingdom’s ban on women driving and reform the male guardianship system.”

United Nation’s expert Phillip Alston told ” My concern is that government is in fact deferring to a relatively small portion of conservative voices.”

Saudia Arabia is aiming to achieve the economic and social progress under its vision 2030, wide-ranging reform program, Phillip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

He added “So I feel very strongly that the kingdom should move to enable women to drive cars.”

According to him gurdianship system in Saudia for women should be reformed. Under that system a male family member, normally the father, husband or brother, must grant permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities.

Officials argued with him that society is not willing to accept for women driving in reply he said “The role of the government is to work out how it can change the policy and how it can change attitudes,”

Alston, an Australian legal expert, said driving and guardianship are very much related to poverty. Women in low-paying retail jobs, for example, cannot afford to hire drivers.

Alston told tha he visited the area of “Jazan, in the kingdom’s southwest” as its the poorest part of the country, He found conditions “that I think would shock Saudi citizens.”