Thursday, November 26, 2009
When human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, she was the first Iranian woman to win the prestigious award. Three weeks ago, Iranian officials became the first national officials to steal the award from one of its citizens.
Ebadi actively campaigns for the rights of women, children, and refugees, and is an outspoken critic of the Iranian administration’s record of human rights violations. She has reported intensified threats against her safety and the safety of her loved ones since early 2008.
While this Thanksgiving I’m thankful for friends, family, health, and home, I’m also thankful for truly heroic people like Shirin Ebadi.