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Saudi woman defies driving ban by getting behind the wheel (and other motorists give her thumbs-up in support)

The unidentified woman is shown on film driving along a Saudi carriageway, dressed in a black veil, in broad daylight

An unnamed female motorist has defied Saudi Arabia's driving ban -by filming herself getting behind the wheel.

The unidentified woman is shown on film driving along a Saudi carriageway, dressed in a black veil, in broad daylight.

She is spotted by other drivers, who turn towards her and provide support by giving thumbs-up.

There is no law banning Saudi Arabian women from driving, but at the same time female are not allowed to apply for a driver's license.

The video emerged just a fortnight after a conservative Saudi cleric said female drivers risk damaging their ovaries.

Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists, said last month: 'If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards.'

The Saudi woman appears confident as she gets behind the wheel. (Storyful)
Thumbs-up: She gets support from other Saudi drivers. (Storyful)
A campaign has been launched calling for Saudi women to defy the ban in a protest drive on October 26.

Female members of Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council, an influential group that advises King Abdullah, have recommended that the driving ban be repealed, according to Reuters.