A Facebook page has been created to call on Saudi Arabian men to beat women who drive their cars. While I’m not sure how long the page will stick around, it illustrates just how ridiculously conservative that country is.
For those who weren’t aware, Saudi Arabia prohibits women are from driving vehicles, among other things. And men are allowed to beat women who violate the law.
The Facebook page that calls for men to beat women who try to drive has supposedly drawn over 6,000 likes. The American Foreign Press first covered this page, although we’ve yet to find it, due to the fact it’s in Arabic.
We’re not surprised that the page has drawn some criticism. The page was started as a response to a planned protest next month which encouraged women to drive. Manal al-Sherif, one of the organizers of the protest, was recently jailed after she posted a YouTube video of herself driving in the Kingdom.
While it’s unknown what the result of this protest will be, it appears that the organizers are using similar tactics implemented by many of the protesters in other countries throughout the Middle East.
The Facebook page is called “The Iqal Campaign: June 17 for preventing women from driving.” As the AFP states, Iqal “refers to the Arabic name for the cord used to hold on the traditional headdress worn by many men in the Gulf”, and the page advocates using that cord to beat the women.
Fortunately, more popular pages are voicing support for Manal al-Sharif and advocating participation in the protest next month. Below is a video of Manal Al-Sharif driving. It’s pretty incredible to hear that such acts are outlawed and it’s also disgusting that men are allowed to beat women.