You’ve probably heard by now about the group Saudi Women for Driving, who are protesting Saudi Arabia’s ban against women driving by taking to the roads, uploading videos to YouTube, and tweeting. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to ban women from driving and is ranked 129th out of 134 nations for its gender disparities by the Global Gender Gap Report. The movement has been gaining momentum and international support over the past week–so what can you do to contribute?
1. Sign this petition to encourage Subaru to pull out of Saudi Arabia in order to show solidarity with the women. “It is our hope that this will put huge pressure on the Saudi royal family and shine a bright light on the ‘gender apartheid’ in our country,” Saudi Women for Driving said.
2. Send (pre-written) letters to UN and Saudi Arabian officials expressing your support for the movement here. This site is organized by the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine.
3. Upload a video to the HonkforSaudiWomen YouTube channel–you can send videos with your own statements of support to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Facebook (or Tweet or blog or just talk about) it! Spread the word in any way you can, just like these women have done.