World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Manal Al Sharif

Designation: Activist

Country: Saudi Arabia

Manal Al Sharif is one of a number of Saudi female activists — including Eman Al Nafjan and Aziza Al Yousef — that have won worldwide recognition for their work to boost women’s rights in their home country. Al Sharif helped start a women’s right to drive campaign in 2011, and was arrested as a result. She has since brought international attention to a series of women’s rights issues in the kingdom, including the murder of five-year-old Lama Al Ghamdi by her father last year, and the plight of female domestic workers held in Saudi prisons. She has over a quarter of a million followers on Twitter.

Activist

Al Sharif helped start a women’s right to drive campaign in Saudi Arabia in 2011.