Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Noble Prize Winner is my heroine

March , 8 2016

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy Chair, Invest in Muslim Women

Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Prize winner is an indefatigable Women’s Rights lawyer with an illustrious history. Extraordinary in her accomplishments, she is well known for defending and expanding the rights of Iranian Muslim women in her career. But now, she has disclosed how the Iranian regime took it upon themselves to illegitimize her for expanding and securing rights and much needed protections for Muslim women in Iran.

Ms. Ebadi is one of a kind: she excels at her work and stands tall on the landscape of Muslim women’s rights and particularly in her home country of Iran. But now she is up against the wall—the wall of Iranian mullahs, determined to both undermine and destroy her. In a moving piece in the NYT, she reveals how the Iranian government, years ago, targeted her husband by setting him up with a woman in his home. When he confessed his betrayal, Ms Ebadi breaks into tears as she begged him to explain in greater detail. The woman played out her pre-scripted role in seducing Ms Ebadi’s husband in his loneliness as he succumbed to the visitor’s advances.