Thursday, May 26, 2011

Calls for beating Saudi women drivers

saudiSaudia Arabia - A campaign has been launched on Facebook calling for men to beat Saudi women who drive their cars in a planned protest next month against the ultra-conservative kingdom’s ban on women taking the wheel. The call comes as activists are demanding the release of Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi woman who was jailed for defying the ban.  The page, titled “The Iqal Campaign: June 17 for preventing women from driving,” refers to the Arabic name for the cord used to hold on the traditional headdress worn by many men in the Gulf, advocating the cord be used to hit women who dare to drive. It has drawn over 6,000 “likes” on the popular social networking website.  More

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