Shirin Ebadi Fast Facts – CNN
Mother: Minu Yamini
Marriage: Javad Tavassolian (1975-divorce date unknown)
Children: Nargess (female); Negar (female)
Education: University of Tehran, law degree, 1969; University of Tehran, doctorate, 1971
Worked to try to change child custody laws in Iran after 9-year-old Arian Golshani was beaten to death by her father and stepmother. Golshani’s mother was not allowed to have custody of her due to Iranian laws that favor men over women.
March 1969 – Becomes the first female judge in Iran.
1975-1979 – Serves as president of the city court of Tehran.
1979 – Is forced to step down as a judge after the Islamic Revolution.
2000 – Jailed for more than three weeks and suspended from practicing law for five years after she and another attorney are accused of releasing a video that supposedly slandered members of the government.
2007 – Represents imprisoned Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari, who is released after being arrested on charges of threatening national security.
2008 – Ebadi’s book “Refugee Rights in Iran” is published.
June 2009 – Begins life in exile in the United Kingdom.
November 2009 – The Iranian government confiscates Ebadi’s Nobel medal and freezes her bank accounts.
2011 – Her book “The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny” is published.
August 2015 – Ebadi and other high-profile Iranians release a video encouraging Americans to support the nuclear deal with Iran.
March 2016 – Her memoir “Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran” is published.