Princess Ameerah al-Taweel says it is up to the government to allow women to drive and that it is a decision that Saudi leaders should take. Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Prince Alwaleed’s wife said Saudi women lack the “amazing lobby” that conservatives have. Women, she said, are not organized enough to exert pressure on the government to change its policies.
She makes some good points about the pace of change in the country and how “rights are not given, they are taken,” but she totally dodged Amanpour’s question on how her situation as a princess gives her protection to pursue her women empowerment effort.
“We are not going to protest in the street,” she said.
Manal al-Sharif probably does not want to protest in the street, either, if she had other means to gain her rights. Princess Ameerah talked about the lack of civil society but failed to mention that it is the government who is stifling the development of such society by dragging their feet on passing the civil society law.