Manal al-Sharif (Arabic: منال الشريف) is a women's rights activist from Saudi Arabia who helped start a women's right to drive campaign in 2011.
A Saudi Woman Who Dared to Drive
There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so — and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.
Saudi Woman Defies Driving Ban, Gets Arrested
Women in Saudi Arabia are traditionally barred from driving. Manal al-Sharif was taken into custody by Saudi police for defying the ban. Khalid al Moeena, editor of the Saudi News in Jeddah, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about al-Sharif, who is encouraging other women to defy the ban.
Driving Protests in Saudi Arabia
It almost certainly won't match the masses that filled civic squares in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and Yemen, but one protest in Saudi Arabia is rooted in a fight to end the ban on women driving. But there are much bigger issues at stake.