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Women drivers of Saudi Arabia

<p>Female Saudi motorists speak to the media after driving their vehicles in defiance of the ban on driving in Riyadh, June 22, 2011. Saudi Arabia has no formal ban on women driving. But as citizens must use only Saudi-issued licences in the country, and as these are issued only to men, women drivers are anathema. 

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Female Saudi motorists speak to the media after driving their vehicles in defiance of the ban on driving in Riyadh, June 22, 2011. Saudi Arabia has no formal ban on women driving. But as citizens must use only Saudi-issued licences in the country,...more

Female Saudi motorists speak to the media after driving their vehicles in defiance of the ban on driving in Riyadh, June 22, 2011. Saudi Arabia has no formal ban on women driving. But as citizens must use only Saudi-issued licences in the country, and as these are issued only to men, women drivers are anathema. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

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<p>A note placed by an unknown person on female driver Azza Al Shmasani's car, in Saudi Arabia, June 22, 2011. 

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A note placed by an unknown person on female driver Azza Al Shmasani's car, in Saudi Arabia, June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

A note placed by an unknown person on female driver Azza Al Shmasani's car, in Saudi Arabia, June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

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<p>A Saudi woman gets in the back seat of her car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. 


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A Saudi woman gets in the back seat of her car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

A Saudi woman gets in the back seat of her car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

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<p>A Saudi woman looks out from the back seat of a car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. 

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A Saudi woman looks out from the back seat of a car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

A Saudi woman looks out from the back seat of a car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

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<p>A Saudi man drives his relatives in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. 

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A Saudi man drives his relatives in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

A Saudi man drives his relatives in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

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<p>Vehicles stop at a Saudi traffic police checkpoint in Riyadh, June 17, 2011. 

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Vehicles stop at a Saudi traffic police checkpoint in Riyadh, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

Vehicles stop at a Saudi traffic police checkpoint in Riyadh, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

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<p>A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. 

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A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

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<p>Saudi women walking along a road in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. 

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Saudi women walking along a road in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

Saudi women walking along a road in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

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<p>A Saudi woman looks out of her car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. 

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A Saudi woman looks out of her car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

A Saudi woman looks out of her car in Jeddah, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

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<p>Umm Ibrahim sits behind the wheel of her vehicle as she drives in Riyadh, an act that is banned in Saudi Arabia June 21, 2011. 


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Umm Ibrahim sits behind the wheel of her vehicle as she drives in Riyadh, an act that is banned in Saudi Arabia June 21, 2011. REUTERS/Amena Bakr

Umm Ibrahim sits behind the wheel of her vehicle as she drives in Riyadh, an act that is banned in Saudi Arabia June 21, 2011. REUTERS/Amena Bakr

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<p>Female driver Azza Al Shmasani alights from her car after driving in defiance of the ban in Riyadh, June 22, 2011. 

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Female driver Azza Al Shmasani alights from her car after driving in defiance of the ban in Riyadh, June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

Female driver Azza Al Shmasani alights from her car after driving in defiance of the ban in Riyadh, June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

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