A billionaire Saudi prince has called for an “urgent” end to his country’s ban on women driving. “Stop the debate: Time for women to drive,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on his official Twitter account.
حان وقت قيادة المرأة للسيارةhttps://t.co/BBgyF8i1Gs
Stop the debate:
Time for women to drivehttps://t.co/6KAniFa4BT
— الوليد بن طلال (@Alwaleed_Talal) November 29, 2016
Alwaleed is an unusually outspoken member of the Saudi royal family who holds no political posts but chairs Kingdom Holding Co, whose interests include US banking giant Citigroup and the Euro Disney theme park.
The philanthropist is a longtime advocate of women’s rights in the kingdom, which has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive.
In addition to his short tweet, Alwaleed’s office issued a statement on Tuesday outlining his reasons for supporting an end to the ban.
“Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,” Alwaleed said“They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.”