A Welsh lady has been chosen to be a part of the worldwide crew coaching the primary feminine driving instructors in Saudi Arabia.
Susan Newbon, Canadian Deborah Sherwood and American Norma Adrianzen will be capable of prepare ladies from 24 June.
They’ll work as “senior assessors” for as much as two years, coaching new examiners and instructors.
Mrs Newbon, 56, from Llantwit Main in Vale of Glamorgan, mentioned “it may change their lives utterly”.
Beforehand, solely males might acquire driving licences and if a girl was caught driving in public, she risked receiving a fantastic or being arrested.
Beginning preparation for her new job on 1 April, Mrs Newbon was flown out to Barhain whereas she waited for her visa to be permitted and was then pushed into Saudi Arabia to develop a driving faculty.
“I needed to do that as a result of I wish to see different ladies obtain,” she mentioned.
“I used to be initially nervous about going to the nation, nonetheless my fears could not be farther from the reality.
“It has been a rollercoaster, being in Saudi Arabia is completely totally different to what I anticipated, the persons are so welcoming.”
She mentioned about 1,500 folks utilized for the three jobs, including: “I had by no means written a CV earlier than as a result of I had been self-employed all my life.”
Mrs New child started her profession as a driving teacher in Germany in 1987, however returned to the UK in 1993 to arrange her driving faculty.
She mentioned some Saudi Arabian ladies had travelled to different nations within the area to get their driving licences and expertise in preparation for the crew’s arrival.
“After spending the previous few weeks with the women, and studying about their tradition and the way not having the ability to drive has impacted their on a regular basis lives, it’s a actual honour and privilege to be a part of the modifications.
“There are a number of very excited women over right here who cannot wait to get within the driving seat.”