Vital Voices, global Leadership Award
Middle East and North Africa, Human Right
Global Leadership Awards
Shatha Al-Harazi is a social media activist and a political and human rights journalist. During the Arab Spring, Shatha reported from the front lines for a number of international news sources. Pointed and fearless in her critiques, she was invited, along with other Yemeni activists, for a face-to-face meeting with President Saleh in February 2011. “I told him he should resign,” she says. Afterward, she received death threats.
It’s no surprise that Shatha has become an intrepid reporter. As a university student, after publishing an article about professors sexually harassing students, she was forced to change her major from journalism to public relations. Still, in 2009, she graduated as the top student with honors. A teacher in the Faculty of Mass Communication at the University of Sana’a, she is recognized in Yemen — and throughout the region — as a bold advocate for the truth.
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