Shirin Ebadi Biography
(Human Rights Activist)
Birthday: June 21, 1947 (Gemini)
Born In: Hamadan
Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her stellar work in the realm of democracy and human rights. Born into an educated Muslim family in Iran, Ebadi, after completing her school education, went on to earn a law degree from the University of Tehran. Thereafter, she passed the qualification exams to become a judge and pursued a doctorate’s degree in law, becoming the first woman president of the Tehran city court in 1975. After serving for several years at the post, Ebadi was forced to resign after the 1979 revolution and was not permitted to practice law until 1993. During the period, she wrote books and published articles in Iranian journals, emerging as a prolific supporter for the rights of women and children. Since resuming her law practice, Ebadi she took up a number controversial political and social cases and exposed government officials; as a result, she has faced imprisonment on frequent occasions. Ebadi also campaigned for peaceful solutions to serious social problems and fought for a new interpretation of Islamic law which is in agreement with vital human rights. Founder and leader of several leading associations for children and women’s rights, Ebadi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her groundbreaking efforts to promote democracy and human rights. A profound supporter of women and children’s struggles for equal rights, Ebadi continues to work as an earnest lawyer and a devoted human rights activist.