At last women in Saudi Arabia will finally be able to go shopping for a new car just months after the country granted them the right to drive.
They will be able to choose whatever car they want by visiting the first-ever showroom strictly for women.
The showroom was opened in a shopping mall in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah, five months after King Salman’s decision to allow women to drive. It offers a wide selection of vehicles from various makes and is staffed by women only. The company plans to open more car showroom for women over the next year.
Saudia Arabia was the last country in the world to allow women to get behind the wheel.
For years activists fought for the right to drive, fed up with relying on expensive male drivers or male relatives to get to work or go out and about. Manal al-Sharif was one of the leading campaigners against the ban.
She said: ‘There is no time for us to be silent anymore.’ Ms al-Sharif has written a memoir, ‘Daring to Drive’ about her campaign.
She talks about her journey to rebellion, ending in her arrest after she filmed herself driving and posted the video on YouTube as part of the ‘Woman2Drive’ campaign in 2011.
She said: ‘Speak up, that is the only way to bring awareness and change things in Saudi Arabia.