Women's Activism NYC

Manal Al-Sharif

1979 - Today

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“The rain begins with a single drop.” Manal Al- Sharif is an author, public speaker, and a columnist. Manal was also part of the 100 most influential people in the world and is a voice for advocating for women's rights and empowerment. She became the first Saudi women who had specialized in Information Security and started her career in Saudi Aramco, which was one of the largest oil company in the world. In 2011, she had co-founded the #Women2Drive, and had challenged the ban not allowing women to drive in Saudi. Al-Sharif was also arrested for her act of driving because she was a women. A condition was made that she never drives again on Saudi lands and to not do any interviews or speak about it. Manal continued fighting in our social media savvy world she campaigned and had hashtags created for #Women2Drive and #IAmMyOwnGuardian which was to end male guardianship and also created #Faraj which would help domestic helpers leave jail and created #IAmLama where it codified the first anti-domestic violence Law in Saudi. She had won the first Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent. Manal had also went on to speak at Ted and Harvard, she had also went to speak in the United Nations, UNESCO, the Obama Summit, Google, Yahoo and etc. Manal's speech in the Oslo Freedom Forum was one of the chosen amongst 75 speeches made and had been published in the book speeches of Note by Shaun Usher. One of Manal's best sellers are, 'Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening' which was a intimate story of her growing in one of the most masculine societies in the world. Manal has also written for NY Times, Washington Post. Her book was listed as the #1 book for the summer read by Oprah Magazine. Manal had won an award for the Woman of the Year Award in Glamour Magazine in 2018 and Manal was also won of the Most Inspiring Arab Women Award in the Arabian Business in 2014.

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