It’s official! Yesterday, September 26, King Salman signed a decree authorizing women to drive. The measure, to be credited to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will come into effect in June 2018.
The move was eagerly anticipated by many, and social media reactions were numerous, including tweets by Manal Al-Sharif, initiator of the #Women2Drive movement, Ivanka Trump and Rihanna.
“It is a glorious day. I could not hold back my tears,” wrote Latifah Alshaalan, member of the Shura Council, the Saudi Arabian Consultative Assembly, on Twitter. “Congratulations to the women of my country”.