>> A rare sight still in Saudi Arabia, these women at Effat University in Jeddah are taking part in the driving lesson for the first time. They'll be able to legally take to the roads from June and thousands are signing up to driving schools across the country. Until now, Saudi has been the only country in the world banning women drivers, and some still can't believe it's about to change.
>> Never, never I thought ten years later women were going to drive not now. When I heard about it, I just
I was so happy, excited.>> Announcements about reforms in this conservative kingdom are being made daily women driving is one of the big ones.>> There is no doubt the right to dive will transform the lives of Saudi women, giving them freedoms unimaginable to some of these children’s' parents.
They were encouraged to stay at home and forced to rely on male relatives or private drivers just to go anywhere.>> Car companies are shifting their ads to target this new market while ride hailing companies like Uber are rushing to recruit female drivers.>> Driving for me is true freedom and independent for women kind.
>> Driving will give women a much needed mobility to join the workforce. It's worth noting that Saudi Arabia has virtually no public transport and according to official figures, Saudi women face high unemployment rates, with over one million of them currently looking for jobs.>> It's complicated because I can't go anywhere without having someone driving so it's just difficult to live like this.
It's going to change totally because life is difficult when you're independent like this because you can't do anything unless someone is going with you.>> Under the country's strict guardianship rules women will still need permission from a male to travel and Saudi ranks low when it comes to the gender pay gap.
Women may be learning to drive, but it's still a bumpy road ahead.