University for Women (AUW) is pleased to announce a partnership with Tawakkol
Karman Foundation (TKF), founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman, to provide scholarships for 50 young
women from Yemen to enroll at AUW.
CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH - Media OutReach - July 18, 2018 - Asian
University for Women (AUW) and Tawakkol Karman Foundation (TKF) jointly
announced a scholarship for 50 qualified young women from Yemen to attend Asian
University for Women in Chittagong. Starting
this year, the scholarship expands AUW's mission to provide quality higher
education for young women who are from conflict-affected countries, adding
Yemen to existing student recruitment in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, and
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman, left, alongside Vice Chancellor Professor Nirmala Rao, right, sign the Memorandum of Understanding at the AUW tenth anniversary Symposium.
Tawakkol Karman speaks at the AUW tenth anniversary Symposium.
The signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding between AUW and TFK on Friday, May 12 was celebrated during AUW's
tenth anniversary Symposium, entitled From Survival to Sustainable
Development: Addressing Urgent Issues for a Just World. The signing by AUW
Vice Chancellor Professor Nirmala Rao and TKF Founder and Nobel Peace
Laureate Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist and activist, strengthened
the relationship between AUW and TKF, and inaugurated AUW's student outreach
and recruitment in Yemen and its neighboring countries.
Remarking on this landmark
partnership between AUW and TKF, Karman reemphasized that "I have
always believed that education is the foundation for both development and
peace. Thus, what Asian University for Women does is a significant contribution
in this context. In order for women to play active roles in society and be able
to overcome policies that marginalize and weaken them, they must be equipped
with necessary education and qualification; these are nonnegotiable requirements."
The following day, Tawakkol
Karman gave the keynote address during the Sixth Commencement Ceremony of AUW.
During the Ceremony, Chancellor of Asian University for Women Cherie Blair
and Vice Chancellor Professor Rao bestowed upon Karman a Doctorate of Arts, honoris
causa, for her prominent advocacy of democracy, freedom of expression, and
women's safety and participation in the peacebuilding of her native Yemen.
Karman is the first Yemeni, the first Arab, and the second Muslim woman to win
a Nobel Peace Prize.
About Asian University for
Founded in 2008 and located in
Chittagong, Bangladesh, Asian University for Women is the first of its kind: a
regional institution dedicated to women's education and leadership development
-- international in outlook, but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of the
people of Asia. Students from 15 countries attend AUW. This
University exists solely to support a rising network of women leaders,
entrepreneurs and change makers from across the region. It seeks out women who
have significant academic potential and demonstrate courage and a sense of
outrage at injustice and are empathic to the woes of other people. A
majority of AUW's students are first in their family to enter university; 98%
of AUW's students are on full or near-full scholarship funded by private donors
from around the world. A majority of AUW graduates find employment in the
private sector in their home countries while about 25% go on to pursue graduate
studies. AUW graduates or former students have been admitted to Stanford,
Oxford, Columbia, Brandeis, Surrey and a host of other leading universities in
About Tawakkol Karman
Tawakkol Karman Foundation
(TKF) is a non-profit organization working in all development fields and
support the ideas, policies, activities and projects that participate in
leading communities to democracy and development. TKF also works in spreading
peace, establishing human good will values, violence, poverty and ignorance
resistance and all forms of racism. TKF believes in freedom, solidarity and
peace concepts and considers democracy, sovereignty of law and fair development
a way to achieve a positive and sustainable change in life of members and
communities. TKF with partnership with its local and international partners
aims achieving concepts that guarantee the saving freedoms, rights and human
dignity and mitigation of armed conflicts and resolute them and open a door to
build peace and stabilization and achieve a decent life.