A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate at the University of Kelaniya

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The Centre for Gender Studies and the Center for International Relations organised a programme at which the keynote address titled ‘My Journey towards the Nobel Prize’ was delivered by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman on the 18th of March 2016 at the auditorium of the Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies.

Journalist and humans rights activist Tawakkol Karman who has been engaged in a non-violent struggle for women’s rights and peace in Yemen received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. She was the first Yemenese and Arab woman and youngest person to receive the award at that time. She is also popularly referred to as ‘iron woman’ ‘mother of revolution’ and in 2005 she founded the organisation ‘Women Journalists Without Chains’ (WJWC) with the objective of ensuring media freedom and human rights in Yemen.

Her words at the keynote address reinforced the need to commence changing the society by evaluating ourselves and being the change that we wish to witness in the world. She encouraged those gathered to be representatives of that change and reiterated that it is only individuals of this caliber that could initiate and pioneer fruitful change in the society.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Senior Professor Sunanda Madduma Bandara, Vice Chancellor of South Easter University, Prof. M.M.M Najeem, the Deans, academic staff members and undergraduates were present at this event.

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