Malala Yousafzai is a student from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan, known for her women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban regime has banned girls from attending school. In 2009, at the age of 11, Yousafzai came to prominence through a blog she wrote for the BBC, detailing her life under the Tehrik-i-Taliban regime and their attempts to take control of the valley, a confrontation which would later require the Pakistani military to intervene. Yousafzai has since been nominated for several awards, and has won Pakistan’s first National Peace Prize.
Reem Assad, an investment analyst at Saudi Fransi Capital with over eight years of experience in investment management, was one of the first in 2008 to initiate the elimination of male staff from the female intimate clothing sector.
Samar Mohammad Badawi is a Saudi Arabian human rights activist. She and her father, who physically abused her for 15 years, filed court cases against each other. Badawi’s father accused her of disobedience under the Saudi Arabian male guardianship system and she charged her father with adhl, for refusing to allow her to marry.Badawi was imprisoned under a warrant relating to the disobedience charge on 4 April 2010, released on 25 October 2010 after a local and international support campaign, and her guardianship was transferred to an uncle. The Saudi Arabian NGO Human Rights First Society described Badawi’s imprisonment as “outrageous illegal detention”.
Manal Al-Sharif caused controversy by posting a video on Youtube of her driving her car in Saudi Arabia (which is illegal). Through her act she started a women’s rights movement in Saudi Arabia.
Maryam Durani is the owner and operator of a radio station that focuses on women’s issues in Afghanistan.
Samira Ibrahim, a Marketing Manager by profession was subjected her and other female protesters to forced “virginity tests,” by Egyptian soldiers. She sued the military, and in December a civilian judge ruled the humiliating practice illegal.