Tawakul Karman

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Tawakul Karman

Source of Influence: Social Issues

Status: Featured in current year

Karman was one of three women jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2011. She is a Yemeni journalist and activist who has regularly led protests against the government. Over the past six years, this 32-year-old mother of three has campaigned for the release of political prisoners and advocated freedom of expression and other human rights. These activities have caused her to be jailed several times. She has repeatedly called for an end to US drone strikes in Yemen and was ranked no. 2 in the 2013 list of the Most Powerful Arab Women by Arabian Business.