AWMW welcomes Nobel Peace Laureate to UK
Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkul Karman will arrive in London today after becoming the first Arab woman and youngest recipient of the prize, in its 110 year history.
Ms Karman, founder of Women Journalists without Chains, has been at the forefront of pro-democracy protests in her native Yemen. Her visit to London is being coordinated by Caabu and the Independent Yemen Group.
Iqbal Tamimi, Director of AWMW Centre in UK, welcoming Ms Karman said: “We are very proud of Karman and all Arab women who participated actively for peace, democracy, human rights and reform. We are thrilled that at last, the media and the international community acknowledged Arab women’s roles in steering their communities towards progress and a new era of equal rights, and acknowledging Muslim women’s accomplishments at such difficult times. Karman is a role model and an inspiration for all young women”.
Welcoming Ms Karman to the United Kingdom, Caabu’s Director Chris Doyle commented:
“We are delighted that Tawakkul’s first foreign visit after collecting the Nobel Prize is to the UK and we are especially pleased that Caabu is hosting her here in London. She has been rightly recognised for her courage and tenacity in leading calls for democracy in Yemen and her receipt of the prize duly reflects the historic events we are witnessing across the Arab world.”
Whilst visiting London Ms Karman will meet with Ministers at the Foreign Office, address a meeting in the House of Commons and attend a reception in her honour in central London. She will also visit Sheffield, home of a large Yemeni community.