Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize 2003, first-time guest in Abruzzo
The sea. The calm. The peace. On May 20, 2016, in this evocative atmosphere, a place that seems out of time, in an era of nobility, Villa Estea, the historic residence of the D'Avalos family, had the honour of hosting those who have called and continue to call out loud for peace, against everything and everyone.
Calls against a government where religion and politics are the same, where human rights are often ignored and social justice does not exist, and against those who threaten death. But Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2003, continues to employ all her weapons to give testimony to the injustices of her country Iran where, despite everything, the feminist movement of which she is the symbol is strong. She was the first female magistrate in Iran, and the first Iranian and Muslim woman to obtain such important recognition, which somehow rescued her from years of social injustice and battles.
"Terrorism is fought with books"; "do what is right"; "instead of launching bombs, we should launch books": this is how Shirin Ebadi has been fighting for years against social injustice, against illiteracy in the parts of the Middle East where terrorist cells develop, where wearing the veil becomes a political fact, not only a religious one.
In her book "Until We Are Free: My Fight For Human Rights in Iran", the Nobel Peace laureate bears witness to what the Iranian people have endured in the last decade: despite this, her book is pervaded by a sense of the deep hope of the student movement, of feminists and of workers who want a state separated from religion.
"Peace can exist only if it rests on two pillars: democracy and social justice": Shirin Ebadi expresses this key concept in the preface to the illustrated book "Travel without Frontiers", edited by Marisa Paolucci and created for the occasion of the conference held in Lanciano (Ch) on May 20, 2016. The city of Torino di Sangro (Ch) made Shirin Ebadi an honorary citizen, and Villa Estea hosted her on the occasion: from here, it was possible to admire one of the most beautiful landscapes in all Abruzzo: the Trabocchi Coast, where everything is pristine and where peace and beauty come together to create an atmosphere of pure serenity.