Tawakkol Karman in Yemen

April 7th, 2011 in Archive by 0 Comments

Photograph by Jonathan Saruk.

By Tess Kenner

Tawakkol Karman, thirty-two-years-old and mother of three, is pushing political and gender boundaries in Yemen. She led grass-roots protests in Sanaa. She says, “We will make our revolution…or we will die trying.” Karman is not new to political activism in Yemen; she runs an organization called Women Journalists Without Chains.

Dexter Filkins of the The New Yorker wrote After the Uprising: Can protesters find a path between dictatorship and anarchy? an article about Yemen, with a profile of Karman. The piece is in the April 11 issue of The New Yorker. Filkins writes:

Karman was a spectacle in Yemen—a woman in an ocean of men, presuming to lead. Even at the gates of its premier university, Yemen is a deeply conservative society. But Karman did not hesitate. “The Yemeni people have had enough!” she cried, to roars of approval. She began to chant—“The people want an end to the regime!”—and the crowd followed her.

Terry Gross interviewed Dexter Filkins on NPR’s . Listen to Filkins on Fresh Air, and read Filkin’s story about Yemen and Karman in The New Yorker.


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