Tawakul Karman

Karman was one of three women jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. She is a Yemeni journalist and activist who has regularly led protests against the government. Over the past six years, this 32-year-old mother-of-three has campaigned for the release of political prisoners and advocated freedom of expression and other human rights. These activities have caused her to be jailed several times. She has repeatedly called for an end to US drone strikes in Yemen and was ranked no. 2 in the 2013 list of the Most Powerful Arab Women by Arabian Business. In response to the January 2015 events of the 2014-15 Yemeni coup d’état, Karman spoke out against what she believes to be collaboration between former president Saleh and Houthi rebels to undo the 2011 revolution by ending the transition process.

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