Karima Bennoune

Human Rights Advocate

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A longtime human rights advocate and former legal advisor to Amnesty International, Karima Bennoune made it her mission to shine a light on the many people of Muslim heritage—particularly women—who are working to combat both extremism and anti-Muslim discrimination. The resulting book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, won the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for giving voice to nearly 300 of these unsung heroes around the world. More recently, while serving as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, she published a major report underscoring the importance of ensuring women’s rights as a critical element in the struggle against fundamentalism. Bennoune is currently a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law, and can often be seen as a featured commentator on MSNBC, CNN, the Huffington Post Live, and other major outlets.