Author, speaker and internationally renowned Saudi activist Manal Al Sharif will finally be able to legally drive a car.  

The defiant activist, who was jailed in 2011, for going against the women's driving ban in Saudi Arabia is now based in Sydney, Australia and just got a new car and a ten-year Australian driver's license.

Al Sharif shared the news in a photo posted on her official Twitter account late on Monday. 

And she sure made a statement with her post, tagging it with the hashtags: 'Saudi women call for the end of the male guardianship system,' 'live free,' and 'I am my own guardian.'

"I called my car Zain"

People had loads to say on social media

Soon after Al Sharif shared the joyous post, a few haters naturally had negative things to say, while others attacked her for doing something they consider 'unacceptable' for Saudi women. 

However, many tweeps hailed her courage and a few even hilariously hit back at haters. 

Some sent out hate-filled, offensive tweets

"Congratulations, you've officially become a cheap woman and as Saudis, we're not honored by you."  

Hate-filled is probably an understatement here

"She went to Australia, married a Western man, wore short clothes in public and bought a car. I think this is where her ambition ends."  

Some even sent Al Sharif threats

"Ok, we'll deal with you when you get back here."  

However, people hilariously hit back at haters...

With sarcasm that was right on point

"How did you get a license when you're a woman? Where are the Saudi ministries of interior and foreign affairs? Where are the European Union and United Nations? They all should've stopped you."  

Others began to share similar news

"I just got my American drivers license today." 


"Soon, the day will come when you'll be able to drive on the kingdom's roads"

"Today, tomorrow or years later, women will become equal to men in every single aspect of life, because the world wasn't just made for men."

An inspiring Arab woman and activist...

Al Sharif left the kingdom in 2011, days after she was released from prison. The activist was jailed for 9 days because she was caught driving a car. 

In a heartbreaking New York Times column she recently wrote, she detailed the high price she has had to pay for her activism, including having to live away from her eldest son. 

"I was arrested and spent nine days in prison. At the time, I was a working, divorced mother. As a result of my protest, I was threatened — imams wanted me to be publicly lashed — and monitored and harassed. I was pushed out of my job. After that, I had to move from my home. Without a safe place to work or live, with other Saudis calling for my death, I had no choice but to leave the only country I had ever known. The hardest part was leaving behind Aboudi, who was then 6 and a half years old."

Over the past few years, Al Sharif has continued her courageous activism and still calls for an end to the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. 

With recent positive changes for women in the kingdom, many believe, the system is slowly but surely changing.