>> Women behind the wheel or working out in colorful sportswear, sights like these would have been unthinkable in Saudi Arabia just a few years ago. I'm Reuters correspondent Sarah Dadush having just arrived in London after spending six months in Saudi Arabia. Working in Saudi Arabia as a woman was not as challenging as I thought it would be, although there were some issues.
Uber drivers tend to not listen to you as a woman when you give them directions even if you know the streets better than they do. There aren't a lot of female toilets in a lot of places, including government buildings, and a man once pretended to be mute and deaf to avoid talking to me in a supermarket.
But things are definitely rapidly changing, as my male colleagues tended to tell me, just being in a car with an all male team a few years ago would have been unimaginable unless I was married to one of them. People in Saudi Arabia tend to spend a significant amount of time on social media, from Instagram and Twitter, but especially Snapchat, taking videos of something as boring as a press conference to a camel race.
And I think it's just the younger Saudi generation trying to leave their mark on this digital world and connect with places outside of Saudi Arabia. My last week there, I covered the lift of the ban on women driving and it felt like the whole city was waiting for it.
There was definitely excitement in the air for this landmark decision to happen. But women's troubles in Saudi Arabia did not end with the lift of the driving ban. A lot of women's activists were arrested in the month leading up to the ban. The guardianship system is still very much in place.
I knew of someone there who when she got her passport because she couldn't get a male guardian to sign off on her traveling just put it in a picture frame and hung it up on the wall as a memento. So although change is definitely happening in Saudi Arabia and I was able to do and cover things that I would not have been able to do and cover just a few years ago, it's very clear that the only change that's allowed to happen is one that has been cleared by the government.