Saudi Woman Sues Traffic Agency for Refusing Driver’s License

A Saudi woman has filed a lawsuit against the General Directorate of Traffic for refusing to grant her a driver’s license, according an e-mail from the Women 2 Drive campaign.

Manal al-Sharif, who is behind the initiative in the only country in the world that bans women from driving, said by phone today she filed the suit on Nov. 15 at the Grievances Board in the Eastern province.

The board allows citizens to object to government decisions judicially by filling lawsuits against state institutions.

Al-Sharif’s move stems from a “belief that positive change is enforced through legitimate channels and via our national judicial institutions and also in accordance with laws and regulations,” according to the statement. She applied for the license last May.

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