Certainly not a household name in the U.S., Shirin Ebadi is very well-known in Iran. Outspoken and courageous in a challenging culture, Ms. Ebadi, at age 53, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 “for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children”.
Prior to her worldwide recognition, she had been a lawyer and the first female judge in 1969, until the 1979 , after the Islamic Revolution forbid women to serve as judges. During that time, she wrote and published articles and books, until 1995 when she was again permitted to practice law. She continues to practice law, defend the defenseless, and teach human rights training courses at the Tehran University.
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