Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge, and human rights activist. In addition to writing several books and articles in support of human rights, Ebadi founded the Association for Support of Children’s Rights in 1995 and the Human Rights Defense Center in 2001. In 2003, Ebadi was the first Iranian awarded the Nobel Peace Prize due to her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’s, children’s, and refugee rights.
Ebadi earned her law degree at Tehran University’s Faculty of Law and served as a judge in 1969. In 1975, Ebadi was appointed President of Bench 24 of Tehran’s City Court, becoming the first female in the history of Iranian justice system to achieve this distinction. More recently, Ebadi attended the first Trust Women Conference (2012) in London, where she promoted her petition to amend the gender-discrimination laws in Iran’s constitution.
Ebadi’s publications include: Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country (2007); Refugee Rights in Iran (2008); and The Golden Cage: three brothers, three choices, one destiny (2011).