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For years activists fought for the right to drive, fed up with relying on expensive male drivers or male relatives to get to work or go out and about.
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Manal al-Sharif was one of the leading campaigners against the ban.
She said: ‘There is no time for us to be silent anymore.’
Ms al-Sharif has written a memoir, ‘Daring to Drive’ about her campaign.
The showroom was opened in a shopping mall in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah, five months after King Salman’s decision to allow women to drive. (Picture: Reuters)It offers a wide selection of vehicles form various makes and is staffed by women only. (Picture: Getty)
In it, she tlaks about her journey to rebellion, ending in her arrest after she filmed herself driving and posted the video on YouTube as part of the ‘Woman2Drive’ campaign in 2011.
She said: ‘Speak up, that is the only way to bring awareness and change things in Saudi Arabia.’
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