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Manal Al-Sharif

Activist for women's rights. Computer scientist.

Apr 25th 1979, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Peace Prize 2018

Manal Al-Sharif became a landmark when, in 2011, she helped start and lead a campaign for the rights of women to drive in Saudi Arabia (Women2Drive). Her video driving generated a great impact and diffusion, and as a consequence she was arrested. After being subsequently released, she was arrested again the following day and released 8 days later on bail, on the condition that she no longer drive or mention the matter to the media.

Following her involvement in the campaign for the right to drive, which got the driving ban on women lifted, she has continued to be a critic of the Saudi government.