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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