SHE-LOGY: Women Behind Bars
Three women of courage. Three Nobel Peace Prize laureates. One place in common – prison.
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear”
– Aung San Suu Kyi
AUNG SAN SUU KYI.
Opposition leader and pro-democracy campaigner in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma)
Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1991 “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”.
One of the world’s most prominent political prisoner. She has been placed under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years, on numerous occasions, since she began her political career. The Burmese government detained and kept Suu Kyi imprisoned because it viewed her as someone “likely to undermine the community peace and stability” of the country. (Source: Wikipedia)
“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”
Iranian lawyer and human-rights activist. First female judge in Iran.
Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2003 “for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children”. She is the first Muslim woman to win the award in its 102-year history.
As a lawyer, Dr. Ebadi has taken on many controversial cases defending political dissidents and as a result has been arrested numerous times.
“When my eyes first fell on the sentence that would haunt me for years to come, I thought I had misread. I blinked once, but it stared back at me from the page: ‘The next person to be killed is Shirin Ebadi.’ Me.”
That year, she spent three weeks in jail after a closed hearing and was banned from working as a lawyer for five years, during which time she wrote articles and books.
Learn from about her: biography.
How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear.
Yemeni human rights activist, journalist, politician, and senior member of the Al-Islah political party. Known as “mother of the revolution” and “the iron woman.” Led protests for press freedom.
Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011 “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”. She is the first Arab woman to win the award.
She has been imprisoned on a number of occasions for her pro-democracy, pro-human rights protests.
Learn more about her: biography.
“I have spent days and nights camped out in tents with fellow protesters; I have led demonstrations in the streets facing the threat of mortars, missiles and gunfire; I have struggled to build a movement for democratic change — all while caring for my three young children.”
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