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Saudi women allowed to drive, celebs and activists celebrate

Written by FDM

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia finally authorized women to drive in an internationally hailed decision. Following the news, many celebrities and public personalities spoke up on the internet.

Saudi Arabia officially banned women from driving back in 1990, in response to a protest that saw 49 women demand their rights.  They dismissed their drivers and got behind the wheels of cars in downtown Riyadh. « We just drove the car » activist Madeha al-Ajroush told NPR years later.

Today, Ajroush could celebrate all she wants since the ban has been declared lifted after so many protests. Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that women will be allowed to drive, starting June 2018, whereas it was the only country with a ban on female drivers.

The shock move generated quite a stir on social media, having worldwide celebrities and international activists celebrating. Starting with the movement’s very own leader, Madeha al-Ajroush, here are some of the reactions.

Kris Jenner

Rihanna

Lebanese singer Elissa

British singer Dua Lipa

Ivanka Trump

Saudi women’s rights activists: Manal Al Sharif, Loujain Hathloul, Ms. Saffaa

Kuwaiti blogger and entrepreneur Ascia

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