Nobel Prize to Shirin Ebadi
The announcement was made by Professor Ole Danbolt Mjøs, the Nobel committees chairman, Friday at 11 a.m.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize 2003 is to be awarded to Shirin Ebadi for her work for democracy and human rights, Mjøs said.
Shirin Ebadi was Irans first female lawyer. She was awarded the price for her work for democracy and particularly womens and childrens rights. Only 10 women have won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize before, and this is the first time since 1997 that a woman has been awarded the prize.
Ebadi is a brave woman has never allowed the concern for her own safety stand in her way of her work, Mjøs said in his speech.
On the question if this was a hard decision, Mjøs answered:
It is always hard to find the right candidate, but it was not particularly hard this year.
Shirin Ebadi became known as the Irans first female judge. She had to withdraw from her position as a result of the revolution in 1979 when the conservative clergy took over the governing of the country, and instituted restrictions on womens access to society.
According to the statement issued in connection with the Rafto price Ebadi was awarded in 2001, Ebadi has been the front figure of Irans human rights work in the years after the revolution. She as been active in the fight for womens and childrens rights, and she has been a defender of persons who have been denied their human rights.
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