Tue 01 Mar 2011 12:21 PM
Nujood Ali

Nujood Ali

Industry: Culture & Society

Designation: Child bride and activist

Country: Yemen/Yemen

Occupation: Child bride and activist

Still only a child, Nujood Ali’s ground breaking courage has seen her win global recognition and adoration. “I want to emphasise that one of my heroes is Nujood Ali,” said US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who went to describe her “a source of inspiration.”

Aged just ten years old, Ali defied the conservative traditions in Yemen and successfully obtained a divorce from her husband, whom she had been married off to as part in an arranged marriage. The first of its kind, it led to other similar cases around the region and in November 2008 she was named Woman of the Year by US women’s magazine Glamour.