100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Thu 28 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
Tawakkul Karman
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Tawakkul Karman

Industry: Culture and Society

Designation: Nobel Peace Prize winner

Country: Yemen

Occupation: Nobel Peace Prize winner

Two years on from the start of the Arab Spring, Tawakkul
Karman spends her time travelling around the world raising the profile of her
country, Yemen, and promoting her moderate party, Islah. Last year, she became
the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize – aged just 32.

In her own country, of course, she has been working hard to
promote freedom of speech for years. In 2005, she set up the campaign group
Women Journalists Without Chains, and commenced holding protests in the Yemeni
capital, two years later. But Karman really hit the international headlines
during the protests in 2011, when she led a series of protests calling for the
departure of Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh.  For now, she believes that the West needs to
help the Arab Spring states further, and is campaigning for that support.

“I have always believed that resistance against repression
and violence is possible without relying on similar repression and violence. I
have always believed that human civilization is the fruit of the effort of both
women and men,” she said in her Nobel prize acceptance speech.