Regis will welcome Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive the prize, for a free public discussion Friday, March 11.
As a lawyer, judge, lecturer, writer and human rights activist, Ebadi – has dedicated her life to fighting for basic human rights, especially those of women and children, both within Iran and abroad.
Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, Ebadi has established many non-governmental organizations in Iran including the Defenders of Human Rights Center and the One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality, a campaign demanding an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law. With five other Nobel laureates, she took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women's Initiative to promote peace, justice and equality for women.
Ebadi, once named by Forbes magazine as one of the “100 most powerful women in the world,” was forced into exile in London in 2009 due to the increase in persecution of Iranian citizens who are critical of the current regime. Today, she continues her work for human rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran and Muslim women around the world.
Sponsored by Regis University’s Institute on the Common Good, the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the PeaceJam Foundation.
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