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Lecture. "Women in the Arab Spring."

Monday, November 14, 2011
12:00 AM
Rackham Auditorium

Tawakkul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Yemeni human rights activist Karman, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, will discuss the role of women in the changes sweeping across the Middle East. Among Yeminis, the outspoken Karman is known as "the iron woman" and the "mother of revolution." Her brief arrest in January helped ignite protests by hundreds of thousands demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh's authoritarian regime be toppled and replaced by a democratic government. After holding her for a day, the authorities released Karman and she immediately went back to leading demonstrations.
Sponsors: Arabic Flagship Program, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, International Institute, Islamic Studies Program, Middle East and South Asia Gender Studies Initiative, Vice Provost for International Affairs, WCED.