Manal al-Sharif caused a sensation in Saudi Arabia when she was arrested after posting a YouTube video of herself driving. Daring to Drive is the powerful memoir of how she became the unexpected leader of a radical feminist movement in her ultraconservative homeland. Now a prominent voice for women’s rights in the Arab world, Manal has spoken at the United Nations and Harvard University. She joins Jamila Rizvi to talk about her remarkable journey.
Manal al-Sharif (Australian)
Manal al-Sharif is a prominent voice advocating for women's rights in the Muslim and the Arab worlds. Named by the TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, her memoir Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman Awakening, is an intimate story of her life growing up in Saudi Arabia. She was the first Saudi women to specialize in Information Security, working with the largest oil company in the world. She has presented at events at Harvard, the United Nations, UNESCO, Oslo Freedom Forum, The Arab Institue in Paris, the Center for International and Strategic Studies, Clinton Initiative, Women in the World, and many others. She is a regular contributor to international media, including NewsWeek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and is a regular columnist in Democracy Post by The Washington Post.
Jamila Rizvi (Australian)
Jamila is a writer, presenter and commentator. She writes a weekly political column for News Limited and appears regularly on Channel 10, ABC and SBS. She was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women's Network and prior to entering the media, she worked for the Rudd and Gillard Governments. Jamila's first book is Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women.