Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni Journalist, senior member of the Al-Islah political party, and human rights activist. She leads the group “Women Journalists Without Chains” and became the face of the 2011 Yemeni uprising that is part of the Arab Spring. Yemeni’s call her the “Iron Women” and “Mother of the Revolution”. In 2011 Karman was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize becoming the first Yemeni and Arab women to receive the award.

Illustration by Albert Chang


Tawakkol Karman’s portrait is inspired by the mosaic patterns found in the many mosques of Yemen. The intricacy of these details also echo the ornate decorations found on Janbiya, curved daggers worn by Yemeni men. The colors of this portrait were derived from the illustrious palettes displayed on traditional hijabs.

Total Area
528,076 km2 (50th)


Provisional Republic

26,600,149 (48th)

Sana’a (Provisional)
Aden (Hadi Government)

$2,927 per capita