Monday, October 10, 2011

A Yemeni Woman Receives the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee. All three, together, received this award "for their non-violent stuggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work"

Tawakul Karman

See the Nobel Peace Prize site here

Sahar Taman, of Islamophobia Today, writes...

In 2009 I had the privilege to spend two weeks with Tawakul Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee. We traveled the United States visiting grassroots communities in a study tour on ‘religion and society’ for a program I directed for the National Peace Foundation. Tawakul, and her husband Mohamed Al-Nehmi, her supporter and co-activist, joined a delegation of Arab international activists and scholars as observers of the religious landscape of America. I had invited Tawakul and Mohamed to the U.S. when I visited Women Journalists Without Chains in Sana’a, the Yemeni non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating for freedom of the press which Tawakul had founded.I found Tawakul to be an open book. She is a Yemeni Muslim woman who actually is not at all unconventional as she may have been depicted recently. Rather she is quite socially conservative. However she is extraordinary in her leadership.

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