Community Event: Manal Al-Sharif

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
Manal al-Sharif


Manal al-Sharif

“Future generations will marvel at Manal al-Sharif, whose voice is laden with quiet dignity even at its most urgent. Her gripping account of homegrown courage will speak to the fighter in all of us. Books like this one can change the world.”—Deborah Feldman, New York Times bestselling author of Unorthodox

Providing a rare glimpse into the day-to-day life of the typical Saudi woman, Manal tells the remarkable story of how she became the accidental leader of the Women2Drive movement; and brought global attention to her country’s tyrannical male guardianship system and its oppression of women.

Presented by The Music Hall in affiliation with the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.



Manal al-Sharif is one of the most eminent voices of the Women’s Rights movement in the Middle East. Speaking from her own experiences and fearless attempts to break through taboos, she offers an enlightening look at the current state of women in Saudi society. In 2012, she was awarded the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent at the Oslo Freedom Forum. TIME has named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and the United Nations Human Rights has hailed her as “A Driving Force for Change”.



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