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Tawakel Karman

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Tawakel Karman
توكل كرمان
Tawakkul Karman (2011).jpg
Born (1979-02-07) 7 February 1979 (age 41)
Taiz, Yemen
OccupationJournalist, politician and human rights activist
Political partyAl-Islah
Awards2011 Nobel Peace Prize
Karman in Stockholm 2014.

Tawakel Karman[1] (born 7 February 1979)[2] came to international attention as a leader in the 2011 Yemeni uprising, part of the Arab Spring. Yemenis have called her "Iron Woman" and "Mother of the Revolution."[3][4] She won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with two other women.[5] She is the first Yemeni and the first Arab woman to win the prize.[6] She is the second Muslim woman to win any Nobel Prize and the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate.[7]

Journalist, politician, and rights worker[change | change source]

Karman is a journalist. She is also politician and senior member of the of Al-Islah political party. She is also works to improve human rights. She is one of the people who started the group "Women Journalists Without Chains".[8] She became well known in Yemen after 2005. As a journalist, she helped a mobile phone news service after the government did not give them a license. She led protests for press freedom and organized weekly protests for reform.[8][9] She lead the Yemini protests to support the Arab Spring after the Tunisian people overthrew the government of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. She has opposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh and thinks he should not be president any longer.[10]

Personal[change | change source]

Karman earned a college degree in commerce from the University of Science and Technology, Sana'a. She also completed a graduate degree in political science from the University of Sana'a.[11][12] She is married to Mohammed al-Nahmi[4][13]

Spelling her name in English[change | change source]

Tawakel is sometimes spelled differently in English, for example: Tawakul,[8] Tawakkol,[14] Tawakkul[15] or Tawakel Abdel-Salam Karman[2][16][17]

Some of her writing in English[change | change source]

Karman, Tawakkol. "Our revolution's doing what Saleh can't - uniting Yemen." The Guardian, 9 April 2011.

Karman, Tawakkol. "Yemen’s unfinished revolution." New York Times, 18 June 2011.

Karman, Tawakkol. "The world must not forsake Yemen's struggle for freedom." The Guardian, 1 November 2011. (Includes a link to the Arabic version.)

Karman, Tawakkol. "Tawakkol Karman - Nobel Lecture." 10 Dec 2011. (Includes links to the English, Norwegian, and Arabic versions.)

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Tawakel Karman Arabic: توكل كرمانTawak[k]ul Karmān
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Yemen laureate figure of hope and controversy". Oman Observer. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  3. Macdonald, Alastair (7 October 2011). "Nobel honours African, Arab women for peace". Reuters. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Al-Haj, Ahmed; Sarah El-Deeb (7 October 2011). "Nobel peace winner Tawakkul Karman dubbed 'the mother of Yemen's revolution'". Associated Press. Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  5. "BBC News - Nobel Peace Prize awarded jointly to three women". BBC Online. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  6. "BBC News - Profile: Nobel peace laureate Tawakul Karman". BBC Online. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  7. "Yemeni Activist Tawakkul Karman, First Female Arab Nobel Peace Laureate: A Nod for Arab Spring". Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Al-Sakkaf, Nadia (17 June 2010). "Renowned activist and press freedom advocate Tawakul Karman to the Yemen Times: "A day will come when all human rights violators pay for what they did to Yemen"". Women Journalists Without Chains. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  9. "Renowned activist and press freedom advocate Tawakul Karman to the Yemen Times:"A day will come when all human rights violators pay for what they did to Yemen."". Yemen Times. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  10. "New protests erupt in Yemen". Al Jazeera English. 29 January 2011. Archived from the original on 31 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  11. "Tawakkol Karman, figure emblématique du soulèvement au Yémen - L'événement : LaDépê". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  12. "Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman – A Profile". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  13. Tom Finn. "Middle East/Yemen: Undaunted by death threats: the thorn in Saleh's side." The Guardian, 26 March 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011 from the Lexis Nexis Database.
  14. Karman, Tawakkol (June 18, 2011). "Yemen's Unfinished Revolution". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  15. (7 October 2011). "The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 - Press Release". Press release. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  16. Evening Times (Glasgow). Arrest Sparks Protest. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011 from the Lexis-Nexis Database.
  17. Emad Mekay. Arab Women Lead the Charge. Inter Press Service (Johannesburg), 11 February 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011 from the Lexis-Nexis Database.

Other websites[change | change source]