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Fighting for the future of Saudi women

Manal al-Sharif

Women’s basic rights have been severely restricted in Saudi Arabia. Activist and author Manal al-Sharif explains what Arab women are still fighting for.

“I felt like one of my father's songbirds, let out of its cage.”

Manal al-Sharif

What's driving feminism in the Arabic world?

‘We want change in this country,’ said activist Manal al-Sharif in 2011, as she drove through the streets of Riyadh. She was arrested and imprisoned after sharing the video online. In Saudi Arabia, women are forbidden to drive, which severely restricts their freedom. Only 15% of Saudi women work outside the home due to the prohibitive costs of paying a driver. But in June 2018, women will finally be allowed to get behind the wheel – thanks to the tireless campaigning of people like Manal al-Sharif.

Getting these laws changed was just the beginning. In this new era, Manal al-Sharif discusses what is next for Arab feminism as women receive the keys to freedom.

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