In Saudi Arabia women were first allowed to come to the stadium

Sheikh Saad Al Hajari

Saad al-Hijri from the Asir province was giving a lecture in the city of Khamis Mushait, located in the southwest of the country, when he said women should not be allowed to drive.

In a video this week, Hijri asked what the traffic department would do it if it discovered a man with only half a brain. "So how would you give one to a woman when she has half an intellect".

Currently, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women can not drive, although several prominent local figures-such as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal-have spoken out in favour of overturning the rule. "It would not. So how can it give it to a woman when she has only half?" he said. "We demand the traffic department check because she is not suitable to drive and she has only a quarter". Unrelated men and women are normally segregated in Saudi Arabia, where offices and restaurants have separate sections for single men and families.

An unveiled woman and several girls joined performers onstage for the pageant, which celebrated the country's history, and featured featured a laser show, horses, camels and hundreds of men dancing with swords and drums.

When the subject was raised with Prince Khaled bin Salman by the Washington Post, the royal didn't confirm if the ban would be relaxed but said: "Our leadership realises that women are important to our future and to moving our economy forward". "Never mind driving a vehicle, which is coming, no doubt".

He continued: "Maybe some people are afraid of change, but it is inevitable".

Saudi women arrive at a stadium for the first time to attend an event in the capital Riyadh on September 23, 2017 commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has long faced Western criticism over the lack of opportunity and equality in society for women and the repressive policies toward them. For example, without the permission of father, husband or brother Saudi women are not allowed to start training and travel. The presence of women at the King Fahd stadium marks a departure from previous celebrations in the Gulf kingdom where they are effectively barred from sports arenas by strict rules on public segregation of the sexes.



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