Manal Al-Sharif, a woman who take the flag in a campaign for the right to women in Saudi Arabia to drive was arrested and locked in jail after made public a video of herself driving and explaining her reasons to do it been aware that was against of the “fatwa” or religious law. It’s a nonsense that kind of ban to women, she said. What if your husband has a heart attack and you have to bring him to the hospital? To have a driver is very expensive, are you supposed to be all the time at home?, well it seems that’s the answer. Last news said she’s been released but with some conditions: don’t drive any more, don’t go forward with her campaign and so on. She has made too much noise to be “extremely punished” and more than all in the middle of this North Africa-Middle east turmoil, it seems. But she was extremely punished anyway, she didn’t deserve jail by no means. She made a point. She wanted to be heard. And she was, by the whole world, thanks to the hard hand of the police of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
So, that’s the freedom and equality in that Kingdom between men ad women. Not only the clothing: scarfs covering their heads the tunics covering their bodies. Not only the freedom to decide, maybe no right either to choose their husbands; or the freedom to move, no right to something so basic in an urban environment like driving a car. In a point: be always depending on their men.
Manal al-Sharif is another activist for the women rights that has dared to put something in motion and has paid her audacity with imprisonment. Maybe her actions won’t change nothing in a short-term, but as a comment by an admirer in her facebook page says, let’s hope it’s a first drop of a big, needed rain on a very dry ground.