Citizen Peacebuilding Program

invites you to a guest lecture featuring

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi

"The Challenges to Women,
Children and Human Rights Today"

Saturday, May 21, 2005
The Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel
686 Anton Boulevard • Costa Mesa


Please reserve tickets early, seating is limited
UC Irvine is very honored to host Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi to receive UCI's Third Citizen Peacebuilding Award. This award recognizes her tremendous effort to promote peace and democracy, and especially her advocacy of human rights concerning the struggle of women and children. In particular she has frequently defended journalists and others advocating democracy and human rights in Iran.

It has never been more important for Americans to understand the current struggles for human rights and democracy in the Middle East and, in particular, Iran. Shirin Ebadi personifies the ongoing efforts of so many women in the region that argue for non-violent solutions to the problems troubling their societies.

Ebadi will visit the UC Irvine campus on Friday, May 20th for a tree dedication ceremony in commemoration of the anniversary of the XIVth Dalai Lama's visit to campus last spring. The California Coastal Redwood tree seedlings were blessed by His Holiness and gifted to the University during his visit and are a symbol of citizens' role in planting the seeds of peace throughout the community and the world.

As a result of her extraordinary achievements, Ebadi was the recipient of the 2001 Rafto Human Rights Foundation prize for human rights activities, and in 2003 The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded her the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel 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. She has stood up as a sound professional, a courageous person, and has never heeded the threats to her own safety. Her principal arena is the struggle for basic human rights, and no society deserves to be labeled civilized unless the rights of women and children are respected. In an era of violence, she has consistently supported non-violence. It is fundamental to her view that the supreme political power in a community must be built on democratic elections. She favors enlightenment and dialogue as the best path to changing attitudes and resolving conflict."

The Nobel Committee continued, "We hope that the people of Iran will feel joyous that for the first time in history one of their citizens has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and we hope the Prize will be an inspiration for all those who struggle for human rights and democracy in her country, in the Moslem world, and in all countries where the fight for human rights needs inspiration and support."

Ms. Ebadi has continued her "citizen advocacy" of democracy and human rights during the most recent difficult years, and for those efforts the UCI Citizen Peacebuilding Program joins the Nobel Committee and others around the world in lauding her continuing valor.

Ms. Ebadi is a guest of the Citizen Peacebuilding Program in the School of Social Sciences at UC Irvine. Since its inception, it has been the mission of the Citizen Peacebuilding Program (CPBP) to help citizens seek realistic ways to improve human conditions locally and globally. CPBP activities aim to prevent violent conflict and, if violence occurs, to promote reconciliation and sustainable peace. The CPBP engages in research, education, and action supporting citizen participation in public peace processes. The integration of all three is especially important to the Citizen Peacebuilding Program in promoting knowledge about positive models for change and fostering constructive public debate.

The Citizen Peacebuilding Program is one example of UCI's response to the growing problems of conflict and violence. Turning research into action, the UCI program takes an integrated approach to studying the best grassroots peacebuilding methods in both domestic and international conflicts, and utilizes those findings in direct engagement in peacebuilding projects in neighborhoods in Orange County and Los Angeles, California as well as in selected communities in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Bosnia/Herzegovina, and the former Soviet Union.

For more information please call (949) 824-8468.

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