Peace Scholar Post: Shirin Ebadi by Mallory Schulte

Shirin Ebadi: My Favorite Laureate

Though nearly impossible to choose, I have a favorite Nobel Laureate: Shirin Ebadi. She was awarded the prize “for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused on the struggle for the rights of women and children.” In 2011, Ebadi delivered the Nobel Laureate address at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. The experience of reading about her work, and then, listening to her recount her journey from lawyer to human rights activist, was incredibly moving.

Shirin Ebadi served as Iran’s first female judge and after being stripped of her position by the Khomeini regime, she operated an inspiring legal practice defending those prosecuted by the Khomeini regime.

Through the Peace Scholar’s course at the International Summer School, I recently visited the Nobel Peace Prize Institute. I saw Shirin Ebadi’s photograph hanging on the wall among all other winners in the very room where deliberations which awarded her the prize were carried out. It gave me goosebumps to cross paths with a woman that has inspired and directed much of my college journey. 

I live my life by a special warning from Madeline K. Albright: “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” And it is with the incredibly example Shirin Ebadi sets that I am able to go forward in my research and activism regarding childcare. Ebadi has shown the world that working towards the rights for women and children are necessary to ensure a good society.

 For those who have not read or are looking for a book for their summer reading list, I highly recommend Shirin Ebadi’s book, Iran Awakening.

 Facts utilized in this post were taken from the following sources:

 ”Shirin Ebadi – Facts”. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 15 Jul 2013. <>

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