Is Saudi Arabia the new face of female empowerment? | Female rapper goes viral in Saudi driving ban song


 Saudi driving ban rap goes viral


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When Saudi Arabia announced in 2018 that women could drive and cinemas would be returning to the country, few thought it would spark a renaissance throughout the Arab world. The lifting of the ban (only Saudi Arabia had the ban, all other Muslim countries have always allowed women to drive) was met with strong opposition, however times have changed, rapidly.

 

A young woman’s video has swept across the Arab world for tackling Arab female empowerment head on.

 

Here at Al-Sahawat Times we have translated the video into English for those who can not understand Arabic.


Lyrics:

Yo, you seem to be forgetting that today is the 10th,
That means no need for taxis,
The steering wheel in my hands,
I smash the pedal under my foot,
I won’t need anyone to drive me,
I will help myself, by myself,
I’ve got the drivers license ready and with me,
So put the seat belt on the abaya,
And keep one eye on the sidewalks and the other on the mirrors,
R is for going back, D is for going straight,
Watch out for every car,
If it was a Ford or Cressida, your life won’t be great,
Come! Pick me up! Take me there!
Bring me back!
That’ll ruin the plan,
If you want me to come pick you up,
you gotta pay up,
Gas money! Don’t underestimate it!
Debt! If you pay or don’t that’s still debt,
Careful, don’t slam the door hard, that was before,
Now if you slam it hard, I’ll hang you with my seat belt.


 

 

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