A Saudi woman celebrates with her friends as she drives her car in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Saudi women drove to work and ran errands Sunday, relishing the freedom to move about without relying on men after the kingdom lifted the world's last remaining ban on women driving.While there was never explicitly a law against women driving in Saudi Arabia, a ban was enforced by police and licenses were not issued to women.Ultraconservatives in Saudi Arabia had long warned that allowing women to drive would lead to sin and expose women to harassment. Ahead of lifting the driving ban, the kingdom passed a law against sexual harassment with up to five years in prison for the most severe cases.Three of the women who'd taken part in that 1990 protest and several others who campaigned years later for the right to drive were arrested last month, just weeks before the kingdom lifted its ban. Although women can now drive in Saudi Arabia and don't need male permission to obtain a license, most will still need the support of a father or husband to drive.As she drove through the streets of Riyadh, Ammal Farahat, a mother of two, said every effort or risk taken over the years has made a difference and led to Sunday's change.The overwhelming majority of women in Saudi Arabia still don't have licenses.
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