First of all, I would like to express my happiness for being here among you. It is a great feeling when you talk to people who can understand you even if they have different views. Universities always offer great opportunities for learning and knowledge and for making introductions, which should have a direct bearing on our behavior towards each other.
Karman is committed to the nonviolent struggle for the right of expression, the safety of women and women s rights to fully participate in peacekeeping efforts in her home country of Yemen. A mother of three, she is a human rights activist, journalist, politician and president of the nongovernmental organization Women Journalists Without Chains. She is also the general coordinator of the Peaceful Youth Revolution Council, an advisory board member for Transparency International and a member of several other international human rights organizations.
First of all, I would like to welcome you to this important symposium organized by Tawakkol Karman Foundation, and I really thank you for your presence. It seems that we are all aware of the importance of the refugees issue, and of the suffering of millions of people around the world, which is becoming more and more severe over time because politics and special interests of states have outweighed humanitarian considerations.