Iranian human rights activist wins 2003 Nobel Peace Prize
Iranian writer Shirin Ebadi, a female human
rights and democracy activist, will be awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her focus on human rights,
in particular on the struggle for rights of women and children.
This year's prize of $1.3 million, will be presented to her on December 10.
"As a lawyer, judge, lecturer, writer and activist, she has
spoken out clearly and strongly in her country, Iran, far
beyond its borders," the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday.
The citation added she has stood up as a "sound professional, a courageous person, and has never heeded the
threat to her own safety."
The 56-year-old was one of the first judges in the Islamic Republic and received her law degree from
the University of Tehran.