Festival Program


Local Libraries: Manal al-Sharif

Sat 25 Aug, 11am
Belgrave Library

Manal al-Sharif is a leading women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia, now based in Sydney. In her book, Daring to Drive, she recounts how she spearheaded a political movement after being jailed in 2011 for defying Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving. With Shakira Hussein.

This session is free, but bookings are required.


1 hour

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Shakira Hussein is a writer and researcher based at the University of Melbourne and the author of From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11. Her essays have been published in Meanjin, The Griffith Review and The Best Australian Essays. She is a regular contributor to media outlets including Crikey, The Australian and ABC Online.

Manal al-Sharif was the co-founder and leader of the Women2Drive movement in Saudi Arabia, and is one of the pre-eminent voices of the women’s rights movement in the Middle East and North Africa region. Her Amazon bestseller book Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening was voted by GoodReads as one of the best memoirs for 2017.

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