Saudi Arabian women may be ecstatic about the thought of driving starting this June, but they still have to pass a driving test – and it turns out that's a costly endeavor.
For those who have driving experience they need 30 hours of practical experience to just apply for a license, while women without any driving experience need 90 hours on the road before they can apply, reported Scoop Empire.
Considering that until this year, women were banned from driving, many Saudi women would have never gotten behind a wheel.
However, with lessons starting at SR60 – six times more than it costs men – women learning to drive is a lot more expensive than anyone anticipated.
That is until Hanaa ElDhafery came up with a brilliant idea. ElDhafery created the #مستعده_ادرب (I'm willing to train) hashtag to connect women who don't how to drive with women who can teach them. It prompted Tweets such as "My sister is telling you she is ready to teach (in Riyadh)," "I'm ready to teach for real," "In Riyadh, It would be my honor to help," "I'm willing but in Sharkeya and riyadh."
هل فيه متطوعات مستعدات يدربن غيرهن على القيادة مجانا ؟
ويكون التدريب بعد رمضان
عشان المرور مايسبب لهن مشاكل
ويكون التدريب بالمخططات
اذا كان الجواب نعم
اكتبي اسم منطقتك بالهاشتاق
رتويت لتصل لأكبر عدد ممكن
— هناء الظفيري (@ToDrive0) April 17, 2018
The result is really inspiring. So many females Tweeted back that they are ready to train women, from all over Saudi.
#مستعده_ادرب اختي تقولكم انها مستعدة تدرب (الرياض ♥️)
— nina 💟 (@n_xo20) April 19, 2018
مستعده ادرب بجده 🙊.
— لمياء آل خالد (@ksa_2u) April 19, 2018
الرياض، يشرفني أساعد ❤️
— Amelia (@arAmeliax) April 18, 2018
#مستعده_ادرب مستعدة بس بين الشرقية والرياض
— ولاء سعيد آل شُبّر (@W_Shubbar_) April 18, 2018
Others had all the feels.
Sima (@_isema_) said: Love you girls
— سـيَما. (@_isema_) April 19, 2018
Maria (@isupermary_): I'm going to cry girl You're all so amazing! I wish I can help, but summer course tho
— ماريّا. (@isupermary_) April 21, 2018
@1deepdark said: the power of unity!
— 🆘 كونسِبت (@1deepdark) April 23, 2018
While @Berglijot_ said: "together hand in hand."
— ٓ (@Bergljot__) April 19, 2018
It is really heartening to see women support each other and band together to mobilize and make things happen. Now if only we can tackle movie ticket prices in the country to be accessible for all!