WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Human rights activist and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi will speak at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2017 Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles. In 2003, Dr. Ebadi became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in promoting human rights, particularly for women, children, and political prisoners in Iran. One of the first female judges in Iran, Dr. Ebadi also was the first woman to serve in the role of Chief Justice.
After being forced out of the judiciary as a result of the 1979 revolution, Dr. Ebadi later became an attorney in private practice defending the rights of political dissidents. Her work has led to her arrest and imprisonment and she has received death threats several times. Despite now living in exile, Dr. Ebadi remains committed to her mission of speaking out against human rights abuses and advocating for legal reforms in her country.
Dr. Ebadi is the founder of several organizations including the Defenders of Human Rights Center, is co-founder of the Nobel Women's Initiative, and is one of the founding members of the Million Signatures Campaign, a campaign demanding an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law.
She frequently lectures at universities across the world and is the author of 13 books including her memoir Iran Awakening: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country and the recently published Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran. Dr. Ebadi earned her Masters, J.D., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tehran.
"International educators are committed to furthering human rights around the world," said Marlene M. Johnson, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO. "Dr. Ebadi's expertise and stories of legal and political struggles will offer an inspiring perspective for the complex world in which NAFSA members, and the students and scholars they serve, are working to improve."
Shirin Ebadi will address the NAFSA conference on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. This plenary session featuring Dr. Ebadi is sponsored by Loyola Marymount University. Learn more about the speakers as they are announced at www.nafsa.org/ac17plenaries.
About the NAFSA Conference
NAFSA's 69th Annual Conference and Expo is the world's largest gathering of professionals in international education with an expected 10,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. The conference offers a wide array of learning and networking opportunities for international educators, and features more than 200 sessions and workshops focusing on the most crucial topics in international education and exchange and global learning.
A major highlight of the conference is the International Education Expo Hall, which features more than 400 exhibitors representing hundreds of organizations from around the world, including colleges and universities; study abroad and intensive-English programs; embassies and government agencies; and more. The conference theme for 2017 is "Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections." It will be held in Los Angeles, May 30–June 2, 2017.
Learn more at www.nafsa.org/losangeles.
With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. Visit us at www.nafsa.org. To learn more about our advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit www.ConnectingOurWorld.org.
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