In 2011, authoritarian regimes oppressed civilians across the Arab world. All efforts in the name of progress, freedom, justice, science, democracy and human rights were stifled, instead replaced by fear and violence. But then, in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and beyond, citizens rose together in peaceful revolution to defy the despotic rule. Tawakkol Karman, Yemeni peace-builder and human rights activist, stands as an international face of this human rights movement. Karman organized student rallies and mobilized anti-regime activists, efforts that ultimately led to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s resignation.
For her wide influence in the revolution, at age 32, Karman became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and more than that, she became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman awarded this distinct honor.
On April 8, at 7:30 p.m., Karman will deliver the 2017 Hamdani World Harmony Lecture at UCSB Campbell Hall, an event presented by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life and UCSB Arts & Lectures.
Karman wears many hats. She is a mother, a human rights activist, a scholar, the co-founder of Women Journalists Without Chains, and a politician advocating for education and social equality. Following several imprisonments, fellow activists dubbed her the “Mother of the Revolution.” Her resilience and determination embolden a collective democratic spirit around the world, bringing us closer to a world free of dictatorial rule.
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