By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 12 September 2015:
Members of the Islamist-leaning Tripoli Revolutionaries Shoura Council (TRSC) want to ban women drivers unless . . .[restrict]they are accompanied by a male relative.
The Libya Herald has been told that a delegation from the group went to see Tripoli prime minister Khalifa Ghwell last week to demand that his “government” approve such action.
Sources said they also demanded that there be completely separate universities and schools for males and females, that women be dismissed and replaced by males if the job they are doing can be done by men, and that secretaries must be male if they are working for a man because it would be haram for them to be alone in the office.
The demand that women be prevented from driving unless accompanied by a male relative falls one step short of the situation in Saudi Arabia where women are not allowed to drive at all although they can sail boats and pilot planes.
The chances of the Tripoli authorities agreeing to the demands are extremely slim. Quite apart from the massive costs of new schools and universities when then authorities can barely afford to pay for the present ones, Libyan women (and Libyan men as well) are most unlikely to accept any restrictions on their right to drive. [/restrict]