Tawakkol Karman

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Tawakkol Karman is a journalist, civil rights activist and Nobel laureate. The first Arab woman to win a Nobel prize, she has been recognized for her work building a culture of non-violence in the Middle East and once called “The Mother of the Revolution.” As a journalist and activist in Yemen working under severe restrictions, she organized events and wrote on issues related to governance and injustice, corruption, extremism, terrorism, women’s rights, girls’ rights, early marriage, malnutrition, illiteracy, poverty and religious reforms. In 2005, Karman co-founded Women Journalists Without Chains, in order to promote freedom of expression and democratic rights. During the Arab Spring, despite attempts on her life, Karman led peaceful protests in Yemen’s Capital Sana’a, which ended with the resignation of then-President Ali Salehi. In recognition of her non-violent struggle for democracy and advocacy for women’s rights in Yemen, Karman was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. She was listed among Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers and one of CNN’s most powerful women in the Arab world. TIME Magazine described her as a ‘Torchbearer of the Arab Spring’ and named her both one of the 100 most influential women defining the last century and one of the Most Rebellious Women in History. Karman continues to advocate against dictatorships, extremism and terrorism and takes an active role working to restore peace and political process in Yemen.
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