Government officials have confirmed the landmark decision and plan to issue a decree by the end of the year.
The move is designed to forestall protests for greater freedom by women, which have recently included campaigners driving cars through the kingdom in defiance of a threat of detention and loss of livelihoods.
“There has been a decision to move on this by the Royal Court because it is recognised that if girls have been in schools since the 1960s, they have a capability to function behind the wheel when they grow up,” a government official said. “We will make an announcement soon.”
[Source: Gulf News]
I never understood why women were banned from driving in the first place; I can’t imagine there being any sound logic behind it.
All my respect goes out to the Saudi women who brought on this change by defying the ban and pushing for their rights.