LDF Fellow From Yemen Bags The Vital Voices Global Leadership Award
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
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.
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.
Shatha among the audience was Executive Education MENA program manager, Julia
Ganson, and Shatha’s fellow participants in the LDF 2012 cohort.
information on Shatha’s profile click here: