Nobel Prize Winner Tawakkul Karman Speaks to Thousands in Dearborn

Karman, the first Arab woman to win the Novel Prize, holds a key to the city from Dearborn’s Mayor. (Tina Nelson)

BY TINA NELSON, Staff Writer &

Nobel Peace Prize winner and prominent Yemeni opposition activist Tawakkul Karman delivered a speech to thousands at Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center last Sunday, Nov. 13.

The 32-year-old mother of three is the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Known as “the iron woman” and the “mother of revolution” in Yemen, Karman has lead powerful anti-government protests.

According to the University of Michigan press release, Karman was briefly arrested in January for her work.

This arrest sparked protest from “hundreds of thousands demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s authoritarian regime be toppled and replaced by a democratic government.” As soon as Karman was released, she returned to leading demonstrations.

This event was sponsored by the Yemeni Popular Support Committee and University of Michigan-Dearborn.