First Muslim woman prize winner to address women, faith and human rights in Islamic society

March 03, 2016

DENVER – The first Muslim woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize will visit Regis University this month to address the current political and human rights situation in Iran, nuclear sanctions and political prisoners.

Shirin Ebadi, who presently lives in exile in Britain, is a guest of Regis University’s Institute on the Common Good in conjunction with Peace Jam, a Denver-based international education leadership organization.

Regis will host a public talk at 7 p.m. March 11 where Ebadi will discuss current cases she is working on, as well as the impact of lifting sanctions and the nuclear deal and the misuse of Islam by the Iranian government. The lecture will take place in Regis University’s St. John Francis Regis Chapel. “We are deeply honored to have Mrs. Ebadi visit both Denver and Regis University,” said Father John Fitzgibbons S.J., president of Regis University. “Her lifetime dedication to fighting for basic human rights, especially those of women and children, both within Iran and abroad, should be an inspiration to us all.”

Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, Ebadi has established many non-governmental organizations in Iran including the Defenders of Human Rights Center and the One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality, a campaign demanding an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law. With five other Nobel laureates, she took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women's Initiative to promote peace, justice and equality for women. 

In addition to the public events, Ebadi will participate in the weekend-long Peace Jam conference in which middle and high school students from around the state have the opportunity to present ideas and programs for improving their local communities, participate in workshops and volunteer their time alongside Ebadi at service projects at Project Worthmore, the African Community Center or Lutheran Family Services.

Ebadi, once named by Forbes magazine as one of the “100 most powerful women in the world,” was forced into exile in London in 2009 due to the increase in persecution of Iranian citizens who are critical of the current regime. Today, she continues her work for human rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran and Muslim women around the world.

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