Saudi Arabia women hail end of driving ban
Campaigners in Saudi Arabia have hailed King Salman’s decree allowing women to drive for the first time.
One female activist called it a “great victory”, while another said things would “never be the same again”.
The country’s US ambassador has described the move as “the right decision at the right time”.
The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving – and women are still subject to strict dress codes and gender segregation.
Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined.
Campaigner Sahar Nassif told the BBC: “I couldn’t believe it. I started laughing and jumping and screaming. It’s a great victory.