Tawakkol Karman

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Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman (Arabic: توكل عبد السلام خالد كرمان‎; born February 7, 1979, Mekhlaf, Ta'izz province, Yemen) is a journalist, politician, and a human rights activist. She is the first Arab woman and the youngest woman to win the Nobel Prize (co-recipient with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, 2011) "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work."[1] Karman is a member of Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC), which she cofounded in 2005. She is the daughter of Abdel Salam Karman, a lawyer and politician, who served and later resigned as the Minister of Legal Affairs in Ali Abdullah Saleh's government.[2]


  • Honorary Doctorate in International Law, University of Alberta, Canada, 2012.
  • MA in Political Science, University of Sana'a, Yemen.
  • BA in commerce, University of Science and Technology, Sana'a, Yemen, 1999.


  1. Nobel Peace Prize 2011 The Nobel Peace Prize website (Accessed March 19, 2014)
  2. About Tawakkol Karman Tawakkol Karman website (Accessed March 19, 2014)

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