On November 6. 1990, 47 brave Saudi women drove their cars publicly in the capitol of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, to demand their right to drive. They were subsequently detained, their passports confiscated, and they were fired from their jobs.
On the 19th anniversary of this event, Saudi women’s activists, led by Wajeha al Huwaider, are launching the “Black Ribbons Campaign”, demanding that:
- Saudi women be treated as a citizen just like their male counterparts
- Saudi women enjoy their right to marry, divorce, inherit, gain custody of children, travel, work, study, drive cars and live on an equal footing with men.
- Saudi women gain the legal capacity to represent herself in official and government agencies without the need of a male guardian.
We, Saudi women activists appeal to all those who support Saudi women’s rights, inside and outside the Kingdom, to participate in the campaign by wearing a black ribbon on their wrists as a symbolic and peaceful gesture of their .advocacy to Saudi women’s rights.
This campaign is raising the motto: “We will not untie our ribbon until Saudi women enjoy their rights as adult citizens”.
Please make sure to wear a black ribbon on November 6th.