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Yemen: Congrats to Tawakkol Karman

This post is part of our special coverage Yemen Protests 2011.

Congratulations have been pouring in from all corners since the winners of this year's much anticipated Nobel Peace Prize winners were announced. Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkol Karman joins Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee as their year's winners.

The Arab world is beaming with pride as its revolution fervor is being recognised as a peaceful movement. The prize is more valuable as it recognises the effort and sacrifice of women and the role they are playing in instituting change in their societies.

Journalist Tawakkol Karman speaks to the media. Image by Sam McGregor, copyright Demotix (22/09/2011).

Journalist Tawakkol Karman speaks to the media. Image by Sam McGregor, copyright Demotix (22/09/2011).

Yemeni blogger Afrah Nasser cheers:

@Afrahnasser: Never underestimate Yemeni women!!! NEVER! GO GO GO Tawakkol !!

Yemeni WomanfromYemen tweets:

@WomanfromYemen: what should be remember about #TawakkulKarman is her role in speaking out against injustice & oppression since 2007 #supportyemen #yemen

And, from Doha, Qatar, Abdulrahman Warsame notes:

@abdu: Giving the prize to Tawakkul Karman gives a huge moral boost to Yemen's revolution against Saudi/America's support for Salah #Yemen #arab

and adds:

@abdu: Tawakkul Karman created Yemen's first women journalists association and was the main organizer of Yemen's revolution #Nobel #Yemen

Ibrahim Al Qahtani, from Saudi Arabia, reminds us [Ar]:

‎#yemen‏ قادت توكل كرمان اكثر من ٨٠ اعتصام سلمي في ٢٠٠٩ و ٢٠١٠ واليوم تفوز بنوبل للسلام.شفتو ان الإعتصامات السلميه اكثر سلميه من السكوت المؤقت

@brhom: Tawakkol led more than 80 peaceful sit ins in 2009 and 2010 and today wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Did you see how peaceful protests are more peaceful than remaining quiet momentarily

And Sally Mens has advice to Yemeni president Ali Abdulla Saleh:

@Snemyllas: If I were #Saleh I withdrew all troops from #Sanaa streets as international press will stroll with Tawakkol Karman this #Yemen Friday march.

Last but not least, NoonArabia, a Yemeni blogger, sums up the sentiments of many Yemenis. She writes:

@NoonArabia: Yemeni Tawakkol Karman recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for 2011. This is an honor and pride to all #Yemen. Congrats #TawakkolKarman

Tweeps are also suggesting that Ms Karman is on Twitter. We traced a protected account bearing her name here.

This post is part of our special coverage Yemen Protests 2011.


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