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Noble Peace Prize awarded to Shirin Ebadi

publication date: 14 October 2003

Noble laureate Shirin Ebadi became the 11th woman to win the prize since it was first awarded in 1901.

 As a writer, lawyer and human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi  has advocated   democracy and equality for all. In particular, she has been a voice for the rights of  women and children.  Upon hearing the news she stated:

“I’m a Muslim, so you can be a Muslim and support deocarcy.  Its very good for human rights in Iran, especially for children’s rights in Iran.  I hope I can be useful.”

Ms Ebadi became the first woman to become a county judge in Iran but was forced to give up her seat following the Islamic Revolution of 1979.  Speaking to the Guardian newspaper this year  Ms Ebadi felt that:

“My problem is not with Islam, it’s with the culture of patriarchy…Practices such as stoning have no foundation in the Koran.”

The Nobel committee announced in reference to her award that

“Her principal arena is the struggle for basic human rights, and no society deserves labelled civilised unless the rights of women and children are respected”

 For further news of  Shirin Ebadi and the Nobell Prize Award visit

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3180302.stm

and

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1060605,00.html

 

 



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