World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents Shirin Ebadi
Exiled Iranian human rights attorney Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, will tell the story of her painful personal struggle and Iran’s oppression of its citizens when she speaks at a World Affairs Council program.
Ebadi, once referred to by The New York Times as “The Woman the Mullahs Fear,” fled to England in 2009. In doing so, she avoided prison for herself and the stoning death of her husband after government operatives trapped him in an adultery sting, part of a plot to silence Ebadi. Her Council program shares the name of her latest book, Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran.
Ebadi was the first woman to become a judge in Iran, but following the 1979 revolution, she and all other female judges were demoted to the position of court clerk. When she won the Nobel in 2003, official pressure against her human rights work increased. She is the founder of the Defender of Human Rights Center in Iran.