ADC Congratulates Yemeni Woman Activist on Nobel Peace Prize Award  

Washington, DC | | October 7, 2011 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) congratulates Yemeni journalist and human rights activist Tawakkul Karman on her being jointly awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and peace campaigner Leymah Gbowee.  The three women were honored by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in consideration of their "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

Karman, 33, has risen to prominence through her leadership during this year’s uprisings in Yemen, which have called for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.  She has also been a vocal activist on women’s rights and democracy in her country for years, founding in 2005 the group “Women Journalists Without Chains.”  As a member of one of Yemen’s more prominent opposition groups, Islah, she has regularly led protests, sit-ins and other peaceful means of political expression.  Karman is regarded as a strong political figure and has endured imprisonment by the Yemeni government, death threats, and a recent attempt on her life. 

In recognizing her achievements, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said of Karman that she has played, “in the most trying circumstances, both before and during the Arab Spring... a leading part in the struggle for women's rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen.”

See Nobel Peace Prize 2011 to view the full announcement.