LDF Fellow From Yemen Bags The Vital Voices Global Leadership Award

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LDF 2012 Fellow from Yemen, Shatha al-Harazi, adds another feather to her hat and raises the profile of the Leaders for Democracy project sponsored by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State!  The Executive Education Programs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University would like to congratulate Shatha for winning a coveted Vital Voices Global Leadership Award.

On June 6th, the international NGO Vital Voices presented its annual Global Leadership Awards at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center.  This award as described by the organizers “honors and celebrates women leaders around the world who are the unsung heroines working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity, and protect human rights.”  Constituted in 2002, this year’s ceremony specifically recogznied female leaders like Shatha who emerged during the Arab Spring.  Shatha was also honored with the Global Trailblazer Award, presented to women who advocate for women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

Shatha is a human rights and political reporter at the “Yemen Times,” the first independent English-speaking newspaper in Yemen, as well as a freelance journalist who has published extensively in the Middle East and in Europe.  She was a member of the main coalition participating in the Yemeni revolution and was part of the negotiating team who met with President Saleh.  A human rights activist, she is one of the founders of the ADWARNA campaign to empower Yemeni youth, and a board member of the International Press Institute, which has worked on defending freedom of speech for the last 60 years. 

Cheering Shatha among the audience was Executive Education MENA program manager, Julia Ganson, and Shatha’s fellow participants in the LDF 2012 cohort.

For more information on Shatha’s profile click here:


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