NCCAR proudly co-sponsored the event “Inspiring activism: An evening with Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman” with CAIR-CAN on November 21st. The event took place at Centerpointe Studio Theatre and, appropriately, it was a full house.

NCCAR President, Sanabel Elrayes, presented a few words about NCCAR and the wonderful opportunity to participate in honouring Tawakkol Karman, a heroine in today’s society.

The evening began with a very moving and inspirational speech by Tawakkol Karman and translated by NCCAR board member, Dr. Qais Ghanem. The audience quickly connected with Karman’s humorous personality and eloquent speech.

The evening commenced in a comfortable Q + A session involving audience members and twitter followers. Karman enlightened us on how she overcame her barriers in fighting for human rights, and the importance of youth participation in challenging the status quo.


Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work in Yemen.

Upon being awarded the prize, Tawakkol became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman as well as the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date, at the age of 32.

Karman is a mother of three as well as a human rights activist, journalist, politician, and senior member of the Al-Islah political party.