An Iranian lawyer was today awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, beating competition from a record 165 nominees.
Shirin Ebadi is a lawyer, writer and human rights campaigner, and was the country’s first female judge before being forced to resign following the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
On announcing the winner, the five-member Nobel selection committee said: “As a lawyer, judge, lecturer, writer and activist, she has spoken out clearly and strongly in her country, Iran, and far beyond its borders.”
Ebadi is the eleventh woman to have won the prize since its inception in 1903. On hearing of her victory, she said: “It’s very good for human rights in Iran, especially for children’s rights. I hope I can be useful.”
The prize – 10 million Swedish krona – will be presented on 10 December in the Norwegian capital Oslo.