Supporting Saudi women's rights to drive and to obtain their full equality in
The West sells large quantities of arms to the Saudi monarchs and trains their armed forces and their oppressive security apparatus. Western democracies support the Saudi monarchs and protect them from internal and external threats. These realities contribute to the Saudi regime's religious, social, and political oppression, especially against women and minorities. As free people, we have the right and civic obligation to stand up against oppression, especially in countries whose regimes we support and conduct lucrative business with.
While the Washington-based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in
As Americans with close economic and strategic ties to the Saudi regime, it’s in our best interest to support Saudi women’s rights, not only to drive, but to become full participants in the Saudi decision making processes. Societies where women are equal and empowered have proven to be more stable, prosperous and tolerant of differences.
Ali Alyami, Executive Director