Sunday, August 9, 2015

MANAL AL-SHARIF



Computer security consultant Manal al-Sharif made headlines in May 2011 when a colleague filmed her driving a car in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, as part of her advocacy campaign for Saudi women's right to drive. The video was posted on YouTube and Facebook, and it soon spread like wildfire. Four days later, about 600,000 people had already watched the footage. Although officials jailed her for nine days as punishment for breaking the prohibition on female drivers in Saudi Arabia -- the only country in the world with such a ban -- her actions successfully galvanized a rare bout of popular protest in the kingdom. On June 17, several dozen Saudi women got behind the wheel to repeat Sharif's act of defiance.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/04/23/the-heroines-of-the-arab-world/
http://petalsnbelles.org/pnbblog/blog/pnb-role-model-manal-al-sharif/
http://equalrights4womenworldwide.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-heroines-of-arab-world.html
http://www.wunrn.com/news/2014/06_02/06_09/060914_arab.htm

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