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Controversial Bushra al-Maqtari is awarded Peace and Global Understanding prize

 
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Bushra la-Maqtari, a Yemeni activist not foreign to controversy was awarded on Thursday the Francoid Giraud Peace and Global Understanding prize for her tireless work as an activist and advocate for women rights in Yemen.Bushra dedicated her award to the blood of the martyrs, wanting to honor those who had given their lives to the cause of freedom.Francois Giraud prize for peace and global understanding was created in 1977. It consists of an essay competition in several languages on subjects which inspire tolerance and cooperation. The texts are disseminated among participating countries and the winning contestants take part in summer exchange programmes. Yearly the international summer universities for peace bring together the laureates and other interested individuals in conferences, round tables and workshops focusing on universal values and human rights. The award is bound to create a very polarized reaction within the Yemeni society given Bushra was accused of apostasy and a Fatwa issued against her by a group of clerics after she supposedly questioned God's existence.A female version of Che Guevara, Bushra al-Maqtari is well-known for creating polemic. An "apolitical animal" as she proudly described herself in an interview back in 2012, she stubbornly maintains from her hometown of Taiz that only through total democracy will Yemen be saved from corruption.

 

 

 

 


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