Saudi Filmmaker Breaks Stigma Attached to Women Being Bad Drivers With This Heartwarming Video
In September this year, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time. The move was met with appreciation from all corners of the world and activists rejoiced the decision. However, some in Saudi also questioned the decision and raised doubts over the driving skills of women. Reportedly, people were worried that women driving might create more traffic congestion and accidents. Now, in a bid to clear these prejudices, a Saudi filmmaker has come forward and conducted a social experiment. And the result is a heartwarming video that is sure to give you goosebumps.
In this video, director-producer, Haya Al Suwayed has asked several children how they would feel if their mothers were to pick them up from school. The video of the children’s responses has been posted on YouTube. The children are visibly excited at the prospect of their moms driving to their school to pick them. A young boy in the video responds saying, “I will be happy she is better than a driver.” Another child says that the mother always gives breakfast before leaving home and then says goodbye. Now, she will say that from the car. Some kids say that they would rather have their mother sit next to them that in the front seat, while others bravely say that they will protect their mothers if the need arises. The children also talk about the laws that they want in place when their mothers are driving. Their demands include a law to punish men who annoy or harass their mothers or disrespect them.
Watch the video here:
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Haya Al Suwayed says that she believes correcting concepts should begin with children and the young generation. She told the Saudi daily Okaz that she hopes this video will “change perceptions and refutes allegations” that women should not be trusted to drive their children to school.