University of Michigan to host 'Iron Woman' of the Middle East on Monday
Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkul Karman will discuss women and their role and rights in the Middle East.
Women's rights is a familiar subject to Karman, who has fought for women's rights in Yemen for over a decade. She was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize last month for her work on behalf of women in the authoritarian country. Karman has also been a strong democracy advocate and was arrested briefly in January because of her outspoken political views.
She is commonly known as the Iron Woman of the Middle East.
The speech will take place Monday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at U-M's Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor. It is open to students and the public. There will be a question and answer session following Karman's talk.
Karman also will make an appearance in Dearborn tonight. Dearborn has one of the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the country and is often referred to as Arab America.
Karman's talk follows another U-M speech given by a female peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner in October. Burmese political activist Aung San Suu Kyi gave the U-M Wallenberg Lecture before a crowd of hundreds at Rackham Auditorium on Oct. 25.