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Shirin Ebadi
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Shirin Ebadi

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Born in 1947, Shirin Ebadi trained in law, obtained a doctorate from Tehran University and served as a judge from March 1969 - the first woman ever to do so in Iran. Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in February 1979 she, and other female judges, were dismissed from their posts and given clerical duties (in Ebadi's case, in the very court she had presided over). She resigned in protest and was, in effect, housebound for many years until finally, in 1992, she succeeded in obtaining a lawyer's license and setting up her own practice. She then represented various high-profile cases of political victims, journalists, child custody cases and others until she was forced to live in exile in London.

Books by Shirin Ebadi

Until We Are Free

One woman's fight for human rights in the face of political and personal betrayal, by the Nobel Peace Prize winning author of Iran Awakening

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Iran Awakening

Fascinating autobiography by the first Muslim woman, and the first Iranian, to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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