Shirin Ebadi Fast Facts – CNN

Mother: Minu Yamini

Wedding: Javad Tavassolyan (1975 – date of divorce unknown)

Children: Nargess (woman); Negar (female)

Education: University of Tehran, law degree, 1969; University of Tehran, PhD, 1971

Other facts

Is the first Iranian to win Nobel Peace Prize.
Is a member of the campaign rights of women and children and published many books on the subject.

Tried to change child custody laws in Iran after 9-year-old Aryan Golshani was beaten to death by her father and stepmother. Golshani’s mother was not allowed to take her into custody due to Iranian laws that favor men over women.


March 1969 – Becomes the first female judge in Iran.

1975-1979He holds the post of chairman of the Tehran City Court.

1979 Forced to resign as a judge after the Islamic Revolution.

2000- Jailed for more than three weeks and suspended from practicing law for five years after she and another lawyer were accused of posting a video allegedly slandering government members.

2006- Her memoir Awakening Iran: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country was published. Helps create the Nobel Women’s Initiative with other women peace prize winners.

2007- Represents imprisoned Iranian-American scientist Khaleh Esfandiari, who was released after being arrested on charges of endangering national security.

2008- Ebadi’s book “Rights of Refugees in Iran” was published.

April 2008 – After Ebadi received death threats, the Iranian Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appoints a police investigation.
December 2008 – Iranian security forces raid Ebadi’s office in Tehran. She tells CNN that the authorities did not give her a reason to close her office.

June 2009 – Starts life in exile in the United Kingdom.

November 2009 – The Iranian government confiscated Ebadi’s Nobel medal and froze her bank accounts.

2011- Her book “The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny”.

August 2015 – Ebadi and other senior Iranians release a video urging Americans to back the Iran nuclear deal.

March 2016 – Her memoir Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran is published.

February-March 2018 – Visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, with Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman Yemen and Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland. Nobel Women’s Initiative Fact Finding Delegation Calls for an End to genocide in Myanmar.