Tawakal Karman's Nobel Peace Prize: Victory for Arab women around the world[

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 19th 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.

Tawakal Karman nobel prize winne

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

Tawakal Karman nobel prize winner


Tawakal Karman
was the second Muslim woman, the first Arab woman, and the second youngest individual ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Tawakal Karman is only 32 years old and a woman of great courage and conviction. Before her the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize was Mairead Maguire , the Irish peace activist who won the award in 1976. She was 32 at the time (this must have been a question of mere months).

Shirin Ebadi was the first Iranian (Persian woman) and first Arab woman to win the peace prize in 2003. In the 110 years of Nobel Peace Prize recipients, up until 2010 there has only been 15 women. Malala won the peace prize in 2014 shared with another Indian woman. Malala's story will be featured at a later date.

Karman shares the 2011 peace prize with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee from Nigeria, "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

Giving women power

Tawakal Karman nobel prize winner

Here is what the Nobel Peace Prize committee had to say about Tawakal Karman:

Of Karman, the Nobel Committee said: "In the most trying circumstances, both before and during the 'Arab spring', Tawakkul Karman has played a leading part in the struggle for women’s rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen."

The committee recognizes that women and children suffer great harm during wartime, and the women have been and continue to be great influences in the peace keeping process.

Thorbjørn Jagland, the committee chairman, went on to say, "We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society."

The honor is a victory for women everywhere. It is especially important for women in Muslem countries and countries were female still oppression runs rampant.

Surprised to win the award

Tawakal Karman said she was surprised to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and she addressed this award as a victory for Arab women around the world, "victory of our peaceful revolution. I am so happy, and I give this award to all of the youth and all of the women across the Arab world, in Egypt, in Tunisia. We cannot build our country or any country in the world without peace,"

Karman said she had first heard she was nominated and then received the award by television.

This is odd that she would not have been contacted by the selection committee?

At present Karman is asking help from Qatar to set up a radio station to help female journalists. We will surely see much more of this young woman as she fights for women’s rights in the Arab world.

She was lst place he Foreign Policy top 100 global thinkers of 2011

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Nobel Prize Winner Tawakkol Karman.Takes Yemini's fight for democracy to the United Nations


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

She is a total example Carol a great lady!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Oct 2015 (#)

A beautiful and brave young woman ...well deserving of such an award.
Many blessings Carol
Stella ><

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Oct 2015 (#)

They deserve the prize, but I am afraid the roots of bigotry are so deep that award or no award the lot of the woman in Arab lands cannot improve.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

Education and equal opportunity will eventually release women in traditional male chauvinistic societies from oppression.

They have to tread safely though as resistance can be violent from entrenched interests - siva

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