Women Who Kick Ass
(96# Iran) Shirin Ebadi: Why she kicks ass
She is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. 
On 10 October 2003, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’s, children’s, and refugee rights. 
She was the first ever Iranian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2004, she was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the “100 most powerful women in the world”. She is also included in a published list of the “100 most influential women of all time”.
After her studies and a 6 month internship, she officially became a judge in March 1969. She continued her studies in University of Tehran in the meantime to pursue a doctorate’s degree in law in 1971. 
In 1975, she became the first woman president of the Tehran city court, and also the first ever woman judge in Iran.
After the Iranian revolution in 1979, conservative clerics prohibited women from becoming judges and she was demoted to a secretarial position at the branch where she had previously presided. She and other female judges protested and were assigned to the slightly higher position of “law expert.” 
She eventually requested early retirement as the situation remained unchanged.
She now lectures law at the University of Tehran and is a campaigner for strengthening the legal status of children and women, the latter of which played a key role in the May 1997 landslide presidential election of the reformist Mohammad Khatami.
As a lawyer, she is known for taking up pro bono cases.
She has defended various child abuse cases and a few cases dealing with bans of periodicals. 
She has established two non-governmental organisations in Iran, the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child and the Defenders of Human Rights Center.
She also helped in the drafting of the original text of a law against physical abuse of children, which was passed by the Iranian parliament in 2002.
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(96# Iran) Shirin Ebadi: Why she kicks ass

  • She is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran.
  • On 10 October 2003, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’schildren’s, and refugee rights.
  • She was the first ever Iranian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • In 2004, she was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the “100 most powerful women in the world”. She is also included in a published list of the “100 most influential women of all time”.
  • After her studies and a 6 month internship, she officially became a judge in March 1969. She continued her studies in University of Tehran in the meantime to pursue a doctorate’s degree in law in 1971.
  • In 1975, she became the first woman president of the Tehran city court, and also the first ever woman judge in Iran.
  • After the Iranian revolution in 1979, conservative clerics prohibited women from becoming judges and she was demoted to a secretarial position at the branch where she had previously presided. She and other female judges protested and were assigned to the slightly higher position of “law expert.”
  • She eventually requested early retirement as the situation remained unchanged.
  • She now lectures law at the University of Tehran and is a campaigner for strengthening the legal status of children and women, the latter of which played a key role in the May 1997 landslide presidential election of the reformist Mohammad Khatami.
  • As a lawyer, she is known for taking up pro bono cases.
  • She has defended various child abuse cases and a few cases dealing with bans of periodicals. 
  • She has established two non-governmental organisations in Iran, the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child and the Defenders of Human Rights Center.
  • She also helped in the drafting of the original text of a law against physical abuse of children, which was passed by the Iranian parliament in 2002.

If you want to read about more kick ass women from our Women Of The World theme, click here. 

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