The Global Human: Social Comments

Facebook page calls for beating Saudi women drivers

Posted in Articles, In the News, Social Comments by Solveig Hansen on 2011/05/28

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.

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Meanwhile, a Facebook page titled “We are all Manal al-Sharif: a call for solidarity with Saudi women’s rights,” has been growing in popularity, with its number of “likes” rising by about 5,000 to more than 19,000 in a day.

Read the whole article at CyberDissidents.org.

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