100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Thu 28 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
Manal Al Sharif

Manal Al Sharif

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: Activist

Country: Saudi Arabia

Occupation: Activist

The 33-year old single mother and information technology
specialist became a global icon last year after she defied Saudi Arabian laws
and uploaded a YouTube video of herself driving a car. She was later stopped by
authorities and spent nine days in jail. Her plight was taken up by the
“Women2Drive” campaign and a Facebook page organising calling for Saudi women
to be allowed to drive and own a licence ran a banner stating: “We are all
Manal Sharif”.

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