Nadia Al-Sakkaf, editor in chief and publisher of The Yemen Times, continues to lead her independent paper—and to raise a young daughter, surrounded by the sights and sounds of a country veering dangerously toward civil war.

This week, along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and African peace activist and Daily Beast contributor Leymah Gbowee, Yemeni journalist and human-rights activist Tawakkul Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work advocating for democratic reforms and the release of political prisoners in her country. She spoke to Nadia Al-Sakkaf, publisher and editor in chief of The Yemen Times, about how the prize might aid in her efforts, if it can protect her from persecution—and the question of whether women can ever truly be free in Muslim society.