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Across the street, her neighbour had just arrived home with two bags of groceries. He paused, placed his shopping on the hood of his car, and watched her closely.

In her cateye glasses, wedge sandals and nose ring, she did not skip a beat. She smiled, climbed in, started the ignition and pulled out of her parking spot.

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“I have goosebumps,” she says as she turns onto the King Fahd highway, the main road in the Saudi canada goose discount uk capital.

buy canada goose jacket She drives in silence for a few minutes, glancing up at the moon, then adds: “I never in my life imagined I would be driving here. On this road. Driving.” buy canada goose jacket

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Resistance to the end of the driving ban still resonates across some segments of society, with songs titled “You will not drive” and “No woman no drive” popping up on social media in recent weeks.

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cheap canada goose uk A group of men in their 20s, waiting for the police assessment of a minor accident, spot Samar driving by. They smile and cheer. The policeman, too, looks up and smiles. cheap canada goose uk

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“I’m proud, proud, proud,” says one man driving by the scene. “It feels like a holiday”.

canadian goose jacket “This is the society they say is not ready for women to drive,” Samar says, visibly moved. canadian goose jacket

Samar, whose youngest son was born with Down’s syndrome, has already decided where she will drive the next day.

“My first trip, tomorrow, is to take Salloumi to my mother’s house,” she says. “And then to take my mother wherever she wants.”

‘It’s politics’

For many, the end of Saudi Arabia’s driving ban for women is a welcome step, but far from enough in a country that still has a guardianship system in 2018.

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Samar says she is fully aware that her newfound freedom to drive was not the fruit of activists who have long fought Saudi Arabia’s repressive gender policies canada goose online uk reviews some of whom were arrested just this month.

Decades of campaigning by activists failed to achieve what one stroke of the king’s pen ended in a royal decree signed last year.