In support of her liberation and Saudi womens’ right to drive.
The Facebook page “We are all Manal al-Sharif: a call for solidarity with Saudi women’s rights” was created by activists in support of the release of 32-year-old Manal al-Sharif, a female IT expert at the oil firm Saudi Aramco who who was part of a group of women who launched an online campaign inviting women to rise against the Saudi ban on female drivers.
She was arrested on Saturday by religious police after posting a video of herself driving through the city of Khobar on Youtube, the goal of which was to encourage other women to support the movement.
Although she was initially released after signing a pledge to not drive again, she and her brother, who was in the car with her, were arrested again on Sunday for “violating public order”. More details from Mashable and the Associated Press.
Manal al-Sharif’s online campaign also originally included a Facebook page called “Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself”. But after more than 12,000 people indicated their support for its call for women drivers with international driver’s licenses to participate in a mass drive on June 17th, the page was taken down and the Twitter account was also deactivated.
Many pages have since been created in support of the release of al-Sharif and the June 17th drive. This one, created by Saudi activists living in the U.S., has 18,000 likes and counting. Most of the text is in Arabic, but if you watch these videos and read more in the links we’ve provided you’ll get the picture.
Like the page to support the liberation of Manal al-Sharif and to encourage King Abdullah to end the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia.