More than a free­dom fighter

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - YOUR LETTERS - IS­ABEL ASH­MORE

There are so many good sto­ries about the won­der­ful women in this coun­try and from afar that make me feel in awe of how they have coped with hard­ship, while re­tain­ing their pas­sion to make the world a fairer place for women and girls. How­ever, the life story of Manal al-Sharif must be the most heart­break­ing I have read. I had pre­vi­ously learned of her part in try­ing to bring a bet­ter sort of free­dom to the women and girls of Saudi Ara­bia, but the con­tent of her life and tragedies as re­lated in your July is­sue has left me know­ing with­out a doubt that we women in New Zealand are so for­tu­nate. The free­doms we take for granted are de­nied to so many women world­wide, and Manal has been brave enough to pur­sue her dream of a bet­ter life for the women of Saudi. Sheis much more than a mother, wife and free­dom fighter. Manal al-Sharif is a le­gend and an in­spi­ra­tion in courage and per­se­ver­ance. I am hum­bled.

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