Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Saudi women hit the roads after driving ban is lifted

June 24, 2018 - 4:17 am

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

It's a historic moment for women who have had to rely on their husbands, fathers, brothers and drivers to run basic errands, go to work and move around.

For nearly three decades, Saudi women and the men who support them have been calling for a woman's right to drive, facing arrest if they tried to defy the ban as women in other Muslim countries drove freely.

After midnight Sunday, Saudi women finally joined women around the world in being able to get behind the wheel of a car.

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