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.
VOGUE MAGAZIN - By :ALESSANDRA CODINHAIn 2011, at age 32, Tawakkol Karman became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize—the youngest ever Nobel Peace Laureate at the time. One of the Middle East’s few grassroots women leaders, Karman founded Women Journalists Without Chains, and organized weekly protests in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, in the early aughts, targeting systemic government repression and calling for inquiries into corruption and other forms of social and legal injustice. She has been abducted, imprisoned, attacked, and threatened for speaking out; among Yemen’s opposition movement, the Nobel Women’s Initiative notes, Karman is known as “mother of the revolution” and “the iron woman.”