Nobel Prize Winner Tawakkol Karma and her Fight for Freedom in Yemen

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 17th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The 2011 Nobel peace prize winners have been awarded to three very brave women for their outstanding efforts to make this world a better place. Unfortunately, Montreal and the rest of Canada have yet to produce a female Nobel prize winner but we will. It is just a matter of time.

Arrested again

The Peace prize winners are Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkol Karman. has yet to put up the biographies of these outstanding women

Tawakal Karman Nobel prize winner

Undaunted by her prison time served in January 2011 and inspired by her support by the general populace and media, Tawakel Karman continued her protests. she organized another protest on January 29th, just five days after her release from prison. She called this protest “A Day of Rage.” This protest was in effect following the example set by the 2010–2011 Tunisian revolution and the Egyptian Uprising.

She was arrested yet again on March 17, 2011. She spoke of these protests, "We will continue until the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime...We have the Southern Movement in the south, the (Shia) Huthi rebels in the north, and parliamentary opposition...But what's most important now is the jasmine revolution." The Jasmine revolution was what she called her own women’s revolution.

Yemini's unfinished revolution

Tawaka; and her husband had sat at all the protests for months and although she had the support of the women and media and some government officials she got into some intense disagreements with her protest organizers. They were not in agreement with her urging for protesters to camp in front of the Presidential Palace in protest of 13 murdered fellow protesters at the hands of the security forces.

New York Times article

Tawakel Karman published an article in the New York Times on June 18 called "Yemen's Unfinished Revolution" where she condemned Saudi Arabia and the United States for their continued support of the corrupt Yemeni government. She maintained they "used their influence to ensure that members of the old regime remain in power and the status quo is maintained." She wrote that the US involvement was more about the war on terror but not about Yemeni human rights issues or major abuses within the system of government. She stated the US was not interested in Democracy in Yemen.

She reiterated that “protesters in Yemen also wanted stability in the country and region.”

Freedom of speech

Tawakal Karman Nobel prize winner

Tawakel Karman was interviewed by" Democracy Now!" and spoke about the democracy efforts in Yemen, "In our weekly protests in front of the cabinet, we called on the government to allow people to have freedom of speech and for people to be able to own online newspapers. We knew and know that freedom of speech is the door to democracy and justice, and also that part of the freedom of speech is the freedom of movement...”

She spoke of how the Yemeni government tried to squash any efforts put forth for democracy in that country. She also spoke about how the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt had inspired her.

Tawakel was instrumental in bringing at least 30 percent involvement of women in the protests and that is a spectacular feat in a Muslim country. People especially women called for major change in the country of Yemen like they did in many Muslim countries.

to be continued

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar brendamarie
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Carol, great article

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Oct 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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