In a historic moment, Saudi Arabia on Monday issued driving licenses to 10 women.
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman gave the order, which reverses a decades-old prohibition in the conservative kingdom.
Along with other reform efforts, such as lifting a ban on women attending sporting events and allowing movie theaters in Saudi Arabia, permitting women to drive has been a focus for human rights activists in the country.
A video posted on Twitter shows the first woman being handed a driving license by officials, reports Al Arabiya. “Thousands of congratulations to the daughters of the homeland, being issued the first license in Saudi Arabia,” the translated tweet says.
The first 10 women took a brief driving test before receiving a license, as they’d already held licenses to drive in other countries, such as the U.K. and Lebanon.
Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom on June 24, according to the country’s General Department of Traffic, based in Riyadh.
In addition, driving schools have been set up in five Saudi cities.