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By Jamal Laoudi
Women are banned from driving in Saudi Arabia.  This is not to say that all Saudis agree and obey on the contrary.  Dissident voices have been around for a while and have become more and more active in the past few years.  Given that protest, the most common form of which is speaking out, is also banned in Saudi Arabia, a number of activists have resulted to creativity. 

Some women had declared a defiance of the law and organized a day calling on all Saudi women to go out and drive.   Very few women took to the street to drive. Those who did were “dealt with appropriately” said a Saudi official.

Another approaches of protest are rather subtle.  Such is the approach adopted by business Mogul Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the more progressive members of the Saudi royal family.  He tweeted in April 2013 indicating the economic benefits of repealing the women driving ban by arguing that “"The question of allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia will save more than 500,000 jobs in addition to the social and economic benefits."

Then, there is a purely artistic method of protest.  Hisham Fageer, a Saudi-American comedian took a shot at the issue via music, and he impressed.   He covered the legendary Bob Marley’s song “No Woman No cry” and renamed it “No Woman No drive” and changed parts of the lyrics accordingly.   The creativity aspect did not stop at that. He relied on some of his friends to provide music through humming among other things as no musical instrument was used.   Satire and sarcasm is the methods of choice.  The outcome is a poignant, funny, and pleasant musical piece.
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