Born and raised in a country where women were severely oppressed, discriminated and were deprived of basic human rights, Tawakkol Karman, a women journalist in her twenties started fighting against the dictator president Shalleh, in favor of establishing women’s rights, democracy and freedom of expression in her country, Yemen. Tawakkol Karman was the first Arab woman to win a nobel prize.
Women should stop being or feeling that they are part of the problem and become part of the solution. We have been marginalized for a long time, and now is the time for women to stand up and become active without needing to ask for permission or acceptance. – Tawakkol Karman
Fights For Freedom of Expression
In 2005, Karman and several of her colleagues founded Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC), started to advocate mainly for freedom of expression and to further promote human rights and women’s rights in Yemen. In addition, the organization also started exposing corrupt government officials by producing reports on human rights abuses, cases of attacks and unfair sentences against newspapers and writers in Yemen. Women Journalists Without Chains gradually become a national movement for freedom of expression for the press.