Shirin Ebadi arrived without a headdress

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The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi, arrived in Norway Monday afternoon without wearing the traditional headdress which is required by her mother country of Iran.

Ebadi seemed pleased, smiled and waved at the press at Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen, but she did not take the time to talk to them before she left the airport. According to the Norwegian news bureau, she left the airport with Ole Danbolt Mjøs, head of the Nobel committee, and Geir Lundestad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, among others.

The conservative clergy in Iran was upset when Ebadi appeared in public without the traditional headdress, hijab, at a press conference in October. However, Ebadi has stated that she is not going to wear the traditional headdress when she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday.

Iranian women have been required to wear the headdress since the Islamic revolution in the Iran in 1979.

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