DENVER, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, will visit Regis University to address the current political and human rights situation in Iran, nuclear sanctions and political prisoners. Ebadi will participate in public talk will be held on Regis' campus at 7pm on Friday, March 11.
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.
"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 communicates, 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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