Manal al-Sharif

✨SKWOODLE WOMAN✨ Manal al-Sharif is a Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist who helped start a women’s right to drive campaign in 2011. One of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, and Newsweek’s top 10 tech-revolutionaries, Manal is a prominent voice advocating for women’s rights and empowerment. She is also known to be the first Saudi woman to specialize in Information Security. In 2011, Manal led the #Women2Drive movement, to challenge the ban on women driving in her country. She was arrested and imprisoned for “driving while female”. Released on the condition that she never drives again on Saudi lands and never speaks about it. Nonetheless, she continued campaigning for #Women2Drive and #IAmMyOwnGuardian to end the male guardianship in her country. She started #Faraj, to help domestic helpers leave jail and #IAmLama that was one of the reasons in codifying the first anti-domestic violence law in Saudi. For her activism, she won the first Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent. She speaks to inspire, empower and drive change! #skwoodlewomen