Tawakkol Karman



Photo: Harry Wad.

Photo: Harry Wad.

Tawakkol (spelling varies) Karman was born into a prominent political family in Yemen and is married and the mother of three children. She has an undergraduate degree in commerce and a graduate degree in political science. Karman is a prominent Yemini human rights activist, journalist, and co-founder of Women Journalists without Chains (2005). By changing c 2004 from the niqab to the hijab, she has emphasized that full covering is a cultural not a religious practice. In a speech at the University of Michigan, she stated, “I am a citizen of the world. The Earth is my country, and humanity is my nation” (Wikipedia). She was a major figure, along a large number of other women, in the Jasmine or Arab Spring Revolution of 2011 in Yemen. In 2011, together with Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work” (Nobelprize.org). She is the first Arab woman, the second Muslim woman (the first was Shirin Ebadi of Iran in 2003), and the youngest Nobel Laureate.


Resources & Further Reading

Nobelprize.org. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2011/

Stiehm, Judith. 2006. Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Lanham, MD.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

“Tawakel Karman.” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawakel_Karman

“Tawakkol Karman: A Democratic Future for Yemen.” 2011. Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grwQk7C1ans

“Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.” 2011. Women in World History Curriculum. http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/contemporary-03.html

Veronica Strong-Boag

Veronica Strong-Boag

Veronica Strong-Boag, Ph.D, FRSC, is a Canadian historian specializing in the modern history of women and children in Canada. She is Professor Emerita of Women's History at the University of British Columbia. In 1988 she won the John A. Macdonald Prize (awarded to the best book in Canadian history) for her study of the lives of women in Canada between the wars, entitled The New Day Recalled. In 1993–94 she served as president of the Canadian Historical Association. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2001. In July 2012 the Royal Society of Canada announced that Strong-Boag would be awarded the J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal "for outstanding work in the history of Canada."