Facebook Campaign to Whip Women Who Dare to Drive Launched by Saudi Men

by Kathy Jones on  May 28, 2011 at 8:53 PM Lifestyle News
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A Facebook campaign in response to women planning to protest against the law banning them from driving in the ultra-conservative nation has been launched by Saudi men.
 Facebook Campaign to Whip Women Who Dare to Drive Launched by Saudi Men
Facebook Campaign to Whip Women Who Dare to Drive Launched by Saudi Men

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 whip women who dare to drive.

It has drawn over 6,000 'likes' on the social networking website.

According to The Daily Mail, some on the page have proposed distributing boxes of Iqals to youths.

One joked about the price of Iqals going up due to men buying them before the protest.

Earlier, a Facebook page was set up encouraging women to take to their cars and drive on June 17.

It came after a 37-year-old Saudi woman, Manal al-Sharif, was jailed for defying the ban.

The page, titled 'We are all Manal al-Sharif: a call for solidarity with Saudi women's rights', has been growing in popularity.

"It is not a revolution, it is not a plot, it is not a gathering and it is not a protest - we are only requesting to drive our cars," one post on the page said.

Source: ANI

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Why can't they give the right to drive to women? Saudi is still a backward country wherein women are treated as second-class citizens.

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