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Tawakkol Karman to Donate Nobel Winnings to Martyrs’ Families

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Tawakkol Karman to Donate Nobel Winnings to Martyrs’ Families

By National Yemen

The Youth Council of the Peaceful Revolution, along with the Women Journalists without Chains Organization, recently held a ceremony celebrating Mrs. Tawakkol Karman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Karman will give the financial component of her prize to a fund for the families of those wounded and killed in the youth revolution of February 2011 and the southern separatist movement.

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 31 2013 in May 11 Hall at the headquarters of the Revolutionary Youth Council on Cairo Street, behind the Eagle Hotel and across from al-Ressala School. The Council and Organization both call on all activists of teh youth revolution, political parties, civil society organizations, and media persons to attend the handover ceremony.

The Nobel Prize Committee in Sweden announced Karman’s winning of the 2011 Prize two years ago, noting that it had “chosen Karman for her struggle for the safety and rights of women as well as her participation in building and achieving peace.”

Karman is a well-known figure in the struggle for democracy. She made history as the first Arab woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the first Yemeni.

In Yemen, Karman is known for her courage and willingness to speak the truth about violations of human rights and instances of financial and administrative corruption, as well as her demands for political reforms in Yemen. She has also been focal about the need to renew Yemen’s relation with religion.

She stood on the frontline of those who demanded that the former regime step down from power. Time Mazaine, a US publication, chose her story as the leading item in a piece on most revolutionary women in history. She was also ranked thirteenth of the 100 most influential people in the world according to readers of Time Magazine, who also classified her among the strongest 500 people in the world. She received a Courage Award from the US Embassy, and was chosen s one of seven women who changed the world by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Karman has been honoured by numerous institutions, including local and international civil society organizations, and has been honoured as a woman pioneer by Yemen’s Ministry of Culture.

In her first statement after winning the Nobel Prize, Karman said, “my winning of the Nobel Prize stands as recognition from the international community of the Yemeni revolution and the inevitability of its victory.”