Manal al-Sharif is a Saudi women’s rights activist and is one of the primary organizers of the Women2Drive campaign, which advocates for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia. Al-Sharif garnered international attention after posting a video on YouTube of herself, driving, in an act of civil disobedience. In retaliation, the Saudi government detained al-Sharif and charged her with “disturbing public order" and “inciting public opinion." She was released nine days later, after an international campaign on her behalf.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese pro-democracy opposition leader and an iconic former prisoner of conscience of the Burmese military dictatorship. She is the general secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma. Released from house arrest in 2010, Suu Kyi was elected to Burma's parliament in 2012 and is leading a nationwide push against the dictatorship. Although unable to leave Burma to attend the 2012 Oslo Freedom Forum to receive her prize, she accepted the award at the San Francisco Freedom Forum in 2012.