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Manal al Sharif, one of the women behind the Women2Drive campaign, celebrated the victory by posting a photo on Twitter of herself behind the wheel of a car.

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In another tweet the campaigner commented, “Saudi Arabia will never be the cheap nike shoes same again. The rain begins with a single drop.”Liesl Gerntholtz, executive director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, told CNN while it was a “very important step” there was still a long way to go for Saudi women.

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The move to ease restrictions cheap jordans china on women has huge implications for the Saudi economy and women’s ability to work. It is just the latest in a series of changes that have been rippling through Saudi Arabia since the rise of 32 year old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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“Saudi Arabian women are going to cheap jordans online continue fighting and are going to continue running these campaigns to try to overturn these laws,” she said.

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Asked by CNN why the announcement was made now, ambassador bin Salman said, “there is no wrong time cheap jordans for sale to do the right thing.” He added that “it’s not religious nor a cultural issue” and said women “used to use transportation means during my grandfather’s era.”

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia follows a strict form of Wahhabi Islam that bans the mixing of sexes at public events and places numerous curbs on women. These restrictions are enforced by religious police whose powers the crown prince has successfully lobbied to curtail since coming to power.

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