Riyadh: Vogue Arabia revealed the cover picture of its June edition on Wednesday featuring Saudi Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud at the driving seat in a car, a move which sparked nationwide anger.
A group of people did not find it right to glorify a royal woman instead of those women rights activists who are behind bars for opposing the ban on women from driving cars.
It may be mentioned that some women activists who fought for the revocation of the ban were put behind the bars. These activists were arrested and labelled as ‘traitors’ by the Saudi government.
The magazine explained, “This month, the kingdom of Arabia is putting women in the driving seat and so are we. It also celebrates the women of the Kingdom and their wide-reaching achievements.”
The cover image of the Vogue Arabia June issue celebrates the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s upcoming removal of a ban prohibiting women from obtaining driver’s licenses.
Hayfa bint Abdullah, daughter of late King Faisal, stated, “In our country, there are some conservatives who fear change. For many, it’s all they have known. Personally, I support these changes with great enthusiasm.?
The ban will now be lifted on June 24.
Here are some of the tweets which have slammed Vogue Arabia for ignoring the women rights activists in their article:
Do you know that the women who asked for the right to drive now are in prison on charges of state treason … Please amend this issue of the magazine because it violates the rights of activists #FreeSaudiActivists
— elana~إيلانا (@elana2212) May 31, 2018
What a shameful insensitive cover! Did you know that KSA put women rights activists in jail last week? So HRH the princess can drive a car, it's okay, everything is cool in the kingdom, and let @LoujainHathloul and friends burn in hell? Shame on you Vogue Arabia and Mr. Arnaut!
— Sanaa (@Sanaalkhoury) May 30, 2018
She doesn’t deserve to be on the cover. Her backward « royal family » are the reason for women in saudi not enjoying this right from the beginning. The real heros and heroines are behind bars!
— Samira Abdulla (@tanweengun) May 31, 2018