First Arab Woman To Win The Nobel Peace Prize Just Did WHAT?!?

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In October 2011, Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman became the first Arab women to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, winning half a million dollars for her activism in the area of women’s rights. She, along with two other women were chosen as the recipients because of “their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work,” the Nobel committee said.

Well now she has done something just as extraordinary as winning the prize itself, she decided to give away the entire sum of $500,000 to Aid Fund for Families of Martyrs and Wounded in the (2011) Peaceful Revolution, which was set up by President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, according to CNN.

The fund helps people who were injured and families grieving for loved ones killed during the Yemeni uprising during 2011 and 2012, against the authoritarian regime of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“This is my duty to the youths who sacrificed for change and to build a Yemen founded on freedom, justice, equality and good governance,” Karman, 34, said in a statement late Monday.

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“I felt that the money is not mine just as much as the moral value of the prize isn’t exclusive to Tawakkol and her family.”

She continued to express why she feels so strongly about her cause and that it is much more than just being awarded for her tireless efforts.

“I have a dream of a safe future without conflicts nor violence. A future where coexistence, partnership, diversity and multiplicity prevail.”

It is fascinating to see a woman who almost has tunnel vision when it comes to the cause of justice for the Yemeni people. She has been dubbed the ‘Mother of Revolution’ and it’s not hard to see why. There are some exceptional people in this world who are adamant about changing the world. They are the revolutionaries.

Whether it be politics, activism, women’s rights, education, creativity, art, literature, we all have the power within us to take that extra step forward to create something great. Something for the greater good of the world and those around us.

Here you can read her full speech, and see why she is so passionate about the cause of justice in her home country, especially for women:

 

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