Today we celebrate Zero Discrimination Day, which highlights the urgent need for global solidarity in combatting all forms of inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion. Everyone should have the right to live a full and productive life and live it with dignity.
Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician, and human rights activist who received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for leading a pro-democracy protest movement. She was the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel, and, at 32, the youngest Peace Prize laureate at the time.
Karman began to protest against the government of ʿAlī ʿAbd Allāh Ṣāliḥ when the Arab Spring came to Yemen in 2011. She soon became the leader of the movement, holding mass demonstrations against the Ṣāliḥ regime. Her leadership at a protest encampment on the grounds of Sanaa University, where thousands of protesters staged a sit-in that lasted for months, earned her the nickname “Mother of the Revolution.”