woman behind steering wheelSaudi Arabia’s Interior minister Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef told activists Aziza Al Yousuf and Hala Al Dosari that authorities are revisiting the ban on women’s right to drive in the kingdom, local media reported on Wednesday.

“Rest assured that the issue is being discussed, and expect a good outcome,” said Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef. The activists held talks with the minister via video conferencing, which is in compliance with the strict segregation rules in Saudi Arabia.

Yousuf told media that they expected a favourable royal decree. Earlier in October, ahead of a driving protest organized by Saudi activists, three women members had presented a recommendation to the Shura council proposing to lift the driving ban for women. However, the recommendation did not reach the government as the 150-member assembly rejected the recommendation.