Drive Your Own Destiny [VIDEO]

Drive Your Own Destiny

Manal al-Sharif

Filmed August 2017 at ZafigoX

Imagine challenging a whole system you grew up in being faceless, nameless and voiceless. One where you’re unable to do anything, like studying, working, opening a bank account, travelling or simply going out, without the verbal or written permission of your assigned legal male guardian. Such is the life story of Saudi women. This talk, by one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, is a story of hope and overcoming your own fears to stand up to a Kingdom of men, intimidation, oppression and self-doubt.

*Saudi Arabia announced in late September that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that is seen by many as a symbol of female oppression in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced via a royal decree.

About the Speaker

Manal al-Sharif, Author & Columnist

Manal, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, is a prominent voice advocating for women’s rights and empowerment in the Muslim and the Arab world. In 2011, Manal started the #Women2Drive campaign, 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, never to speak about it or do any interviews, she continued campaigning for #Women2Drive and #IAmMyOwnGuardian to end male guardianship in her country. She started #Faraj, to help domestic helpers leave jail and #IAmLama that resulted in codifying the first anti-domestic violence law in Saudi. For her activism, she won the first Vaclav Havel award for Creative Dissent.

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