The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the prominent Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor, has reverberated among journalists, activists and critics of authoritarianism all over the world.
Saudi women's rights activist Manal al-Sharif garnered international attention and was detained after posting YouTube video of herself driving in an act of civil disobedience. Despite intimidation, al-Sharif pushed the #Women2Drive movement forward, which eventually helped lift the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia. At OFFinNY, al-Sharif spoke with BBC journalist Philippa Thomas about the power of internet activism, and the work still to be done to achieve gender equality in Saudi Arabia.
What is it like to put yourself in danger fighting for your rights as a woman? Kim Chakanetsa unites two women from Iran and Saudi Arabia, who decided to defy their governments' discriminatory laws - and suffered huge personal sacrifices as a result. In Iran women must cover their hair in public, according to the dress rule enforced after the Revolution in 1979.
Manal has overcome great adversity in her life. She shares her three secrets to letting go of hurt and finding the inner peace you deserve.
I have two sons. They have never met face to face. Never tickled, giggled, wrestled on the floor, thrown a ball, or played a prank or peek-a-boo. They have T-shirts that say “big brother” and “little brother.” They know each other’s nicknames and that they have similar eyes.