Day 157: Manal al Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive.

365 days of TED

There’s no law against women driving in Saudi Arabia, yet it’s forbidden. Two years before this talk, Manal al Sharif decided to borrow her brother’s car and go for a drive.
As long as she knew, women in Saudi had complained that nobody stood up to the system. Tired of constantly relying on lifts and a male chaperone, Al- Sharif videoed herself driving. This video received hundreds of thousands of views on the first day on YouTube. On 17th June, she encouraged all the women to drive and a hundred brave women did. She was threatened with death and rape and imprisoned for nine days.
Their system is based on ultra-conservative customs and rituals. When its enshrined in religious beliefs through poor interpretation of Sharia law and women believe their inferiority it becomes worse for them. Al- Sharif talks about the difference between the reception she receives abroad versus at…

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