Nujood Ali (نجود علي) (born 1998) is a central figure in Yemen’s movement against forced marriage and child marriage. At the age of ten she obtained a divorce, breaking with the tribal tradition. In November 2008, the U.S. women’s magazine Glamour designated Nujood Ali and her lawyer Shada Nasser as Women of the Year. Ali’s courage was praised by prominent women including Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.
Ali’s lawyer Shada Nasser, born in 1964, is a feminist and specialist in human rights, whose involvement in Ali’s case received much acclaim. Ali has also written a book together with French journalist Delphine Minoui called: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced.