E is for Shirin Ebadi – first Iranian to win a Nobel Peace Prize #AtoZ Challenge
Shirin-Ebadi, in Amsterdam, 2011 image by Persian-Dutch Network
Shirin Ebadi was born on 21st June, 1947 in Iran.
As well as being an Iranian lawyer, a judge and human rights activist, she was also the founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre in Iran.
Ebadi was the first Iranian to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless work in the fields of democracy and human rights. She was a fierce advocate of women’s, children’s, and refugee rights.
Ebadi has lived in the UK as an exile since June 2009 due to the persecution of Iranian citizens who are critical of the current regime.
She is a brave and extraordinary woman to be sure.
The Nature of Courage
Who will extend a word
for those that cannot speak?
Who will extend a word,
for the powerless, the weak?
Who will extend a hand,
to those that have no rights?
Who will extend that hand
and despite fear, stand, and fight?
If not you?
© Liz Brownlee
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