This article that I found is an incredibly interesting one. Not only does the quote by Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh bring controversy when he states that that a ban on women driving protects society from evil, but also the fact that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that has a complete ban on women drivers. Following on from this weeks reading in chapter 22, it was stated that Saudi Arabia was a very patriarchal society, as well as being an Authoritarian Monarchy. This means that it was easier to draw conclusions that society was like this, however not to the extreme lengths of having a ban on female drivers. To go with this ban, the fact that the Grand Mufti, who is the highest official of religious law in Saudi Arabia, stated that a ban on women drivers protects society from evil is very interesting. It shows the lack of respect for women and the lowly manner in which they are held by their male counterparts.
Women are seen as inferior to men in Saudi Arabia. They have severe inequality issues, as shown by the fact that only recently, were they permitted to vote. They also have a fertility rate of 3.83 children per women, which is a very high number, showing the very domestic and restricted lives that women live. In the Global Gender Gap Report of 2009, Saudi Arabia was ranked as 130th out of 134 countries for gender parity.