Last month, we asked what you thought was the best World Learning story of 2011. The choices were:
- World Learning Alumna Wins Nobel Peace Prize
- Honoring Wangari Maathai’s Legacy of Leadership
- Experimenter Introduces Barack Obama
- Program Helps Mexican Youth Counter Violence
- US Program Cultivates New Generation of Iraqi Leaders
The winning story was “World Learning Alumna Wins Nobel Peace Prize,” about Yemeni democracy advocate Tawakkol Karman. The 32-year-old participated in a 2005 World Learning administered International Visitor Leadership Program tour of the United States. Sponsored by the US State Department, the program examined the role of investigative journalism in democracy. Karman was also recently featured in Foreign Policy’s top 100 global thinkers list for her role in the Arab Spring.
Karman is the first Yemeni and the first Arab woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She shared this year’s award with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and peace activist Leymah Gbowee. They will receive the award in a ceremony in Oslo this Saturday at 1 pm CET, which will be broadcast live online.