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Dr. Shirin EBADI Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Founder, Centre for the Defence of Human Rights, Tehran


 Shirin Ebadi won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting the rights of women and children in her home country of Iran. Ebadi studied at Tehran University, graduating with a law degree in 1971, and was named Iran's first-ever female judge in 1975. However, she and other female judges were forced to resign when Iran became an Islamic Republic after the revolution of 1979. After years of being denied a law license, Ebadi set up her own legal practice in 1992 and quickly developed a special interest the rights of women, journalists, and others who lacked power under the Iranian regime. She co-founded the Association for Support of Children's Rights (in 1995) and the Human Rights Defense Center (in 2001) and became known outside Iran for her clashes with the country's ruling clerics. The 2003 announcement from the Nobel Committee praised Ebadi for "her efforts for democracy and human rights" and said "She has stood up as a sound professional, a courageous person, and has never heeded the threats to her own safety.


History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran, Tehran, Published by Roshangaran, 1993
Tradition and Modernity, Tehran, Written by Mohammad Zamiran, Shirin Ebadi. Published by Ganj-e Danesh, 1995
Children's Comparative Law, Tehran, Published by Kanoun (This book was translated into English by Mr Hamid Marashi, and published by UNICEF in Tehran in 1998), 1997
The Rights of Women, Tehran, Published by Ganj-e Danesh, 2002


Human Rights Watch observer, 1996
The selection of The Rights of the Child as Book of the Year by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry
Recipient of the Rafto Human Rights Foundation prize for human rights activities, Norway 2001
The Nobel Peace Prize, Norway 2003
One of the top 100 most influential people, Time Magazine, 2004