Maryam Al-Khawaja

Activist Type
Human Rights

Maryam Al-Khawaja, an esteemed Bahraini human rights activist, embodies a legacy of courage and advocacy inherited from her father, the distinguished activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. Currently serving as the Special Advisor on Advocacy with the Gulf Center for Human Rights, Al-Khawaja's commitment to justice extends far beyond her familial ties. With a steadfast dedication to the protection of human rights, she tirelessly works to shed light on injustices and champion the voices of the marginalized. From participating in protests to speaking at international forums, she fearlessly confronts oppressive regimes and demands accountability for human rights violations. Despite facing relentless threats and harassment, Al-Khawaja remains unwavering in her pursuit of a more just and equitable world. Her resilience and unwavering commitment to her principles have earned her recognition on a global scale, including her recent inclusion in the BBC's 100 Women list. Through her tireless activism, Maryam Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja continues to inspire countless individuals to stand up for what is right and just.

Artwork by
Egle Plytnikaite

In my illustration, I aimed to capture the formidable spirit of Maryam Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and portray her as a symbol of the Bahraini uprising in 2011. The pivotal moments of the uprising unfolded at the pearl roundabout, so I incorporated its central landmark and merged it with Maryam's portrait, creating a double exposure-like image using vector illustration and textures. While the landmark has since been demolished, the aspiration for human rights persists, and Maryam remains a poignant embodiment of this enduring spirit.


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