It's easy for women living in the West to forget that many women worldwide don't enjoy the freedom we take for granted. One fundamental right is being able to drive.
Now, you might think my saying driving is a fundamental right is a bit of a stretch, but being able to drive gives a person immense freedom. Parenthetically, if you've ever spent anytime visiting someone in an assisted living facility, you'd know that most of the residents truly grieve over losing their ability to drive whether due to heart, sight, or neurological problems.
Many protests for freedom have been occurring in the Middle East. In this time of change, one brave Saudi woman named Shaima Osama has decided to take a stand. She drove herself to an appointment. She also suffered the consequence for doing so. On her way home, she was arrested.
However, the road to freedom--driving in this case--just might be littered with bodies. The opposition have declared that they will beat any woman they catch driving.
Until that society starts viewing women as individuals who have worth, I fear they will continue to be subjugated to abuse with no recourse.
But there is hope for Saudi women, because at least Shaima Osama's story has been told.