Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Tawakkul Karman

Tawakkul Karman

Industry: Culture & Society

Designation: Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Country: Yemen

In 2011, Tawakkul Karman was undoubtedly the female face of the Arab Spring when it came to the shores of her home country Yemen. The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize that year - aged just 32 - Karman has found herself touring the world, bringing Yemen’s plight before diplomats and fighting for women’s rights.

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. But Karman really hit the international headlines in 2011, when she led a series of protests calling for the departure of Yemeni president Saleh. Saleh has since quit his post after 33 years in power.  In an interview with AFP last month, Karman warned that President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi was powerless when it came to the control of the army and was thus unable to implement his plans to reshape Yemen’s security forces.