In a historic step towards equal rights, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive—will finally lift a longstanding ban on female drivers.
The announcement was issued through a royal decree made public by the Saudi Foreign ministry this week.
From here, the Saudi ministries will form a committee to handle the whole process of implementing the new policy. The ban is expected to be lifted by June 2018, CNN reports.
The monumental move comes at a time when Saudi is eyeing to shift its economic strategy away from the oil industry that it has become highly dependent on amid plummeting prices. In effect, allowing women to drive is projected to positively impact their economy by empowering females to become a productive part of the male-dominated workforce.
Meanwhile, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response on social media along with a handful of humorous comments regarding this development:
It’s a win for everyone
Better late than never
But here’s the problem
Learn to count your blessings