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Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Laureate


Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, in recognition for her nonviolent struggle for democracy and her advocacy for women’s rights in Yemen. Karman has been imprisoned on a number of occasions for her pro-democracy, pro–human rights protests. Among Yemen’s Youth movement, she is known as the Mother of the Revolution, the Iron Woman, and the Lady of the Arab Spring. She is a human rights activist, journalist, politician, the Founder Peaceful Youth Revolution Council, and the Founder of Tawakkol Karman International Foundation.

TIME Magazine described Karman 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.

She was member of the High-Level Panel of eminent persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. She is now a board member of the Facebook oversight board, and Nobel Women initiative.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.