Women drivers in Saudi Arabia told they will be punished if they continue to defying male-only road rules


The interior ministry has contacted organisers of a campaign to end the ban on women driving and told them they will be punished if they go on defying the male-only road rules, some of the campaign leaders said.

The women organising the campaign have been posting online footage of themselves driving, and have called on Saudi women with foreign driving licences to get behind the wheel on Saturday. The authorities now appear to be stepping up their efforts to quash the campaign by individually contacting the women involved.

“He said he was calling on behalf of [the Interior Minister] Prince Mohamed bin Nayef and that I and any other woman should not drive and if we are caught we will be punished,” said one of the campaign organisers.