Shadi Sadr

Lawyer, Women's Rights Activist

Shadi Sadr (Persian: شادی صدر‎; born 1974) is an Iranian human rights lawyer, journalist, and activist for women's rights.[1] In 2010 Sadr received the International Women of Courage Award.[2]

Shadi Sadr in Amsterdam in 2009


Shadi Sadr was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974.[3] She studied law, and she received a master's degree in international law from Tehran University in 1999. In 2009, Sadr went to live in Germany.[3]


Sadr is an expert on women's legal rights in Iran.[4] She was director of Raahi, a legal advice center for women. It is now closed. Sadr also started Women in Iran, a website about women's rights in Iran.[5] As a lawyer, she defended several women activists and journalists in court, after they were sentenced to death.[5]

Sadr worked to stop capital punishment by stoning, especially of women. The name of this project was End Stoning Forever.[6] This project was started by Women's Field, a women's rights group.

After the Bam earthquake in 2003, Sadr helped collect food and supplies for women and children in the area.[1]

Sadr was the defense lawyer for Shiva Nazar Ahari, a human rights activist and member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters. Nazar Ahari was arrested on 14 June 2009. and is believed to be in Evin Prison.[7]

First arrestEdit

In March 2007, the Iranian government arrested 33 women, including Shadi Sadr. The women were protesting against the trial of five women who demonstrated for women's rights in the One Million Signatures protest of 12 June 2006.[8] Sadr was in jail for fifteen days. Then she was freed on bail with Mahbubeh Abbasgholizadeh.[9][10]

Second arrestEdit

On 17 July 2009, Shadi Sadr was arrested again. She was going to Friday prayers with other female activists. Some military men in civilian clothes stopped her. They did not say who they were. They beat her and put her in a car.[7][11][12] She got away, but they got her again and put her in the car again. Then they took her somewhere, although she did not know where they took her, she was later able to call her husband.[13][14] She was released 11 days later on July 28, 2009.[15]


  • In 2004, Sadr received the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism from Women's eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.[16]
  • In 2009, she received the Lech Walesa Prize for human rights, freedom of expression, and democracy in Iran from the Lech Walesa Institute Foundation.[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Carline Bennett (2003-12-23). "Seven Who Create New Pathways for Success". Woman's E-News. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2010 International Women of Courage Award".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Iran Human Rights Documentation Center - Witness Statement: Shadi Sadr". Archived from the original on 2015-10-26. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  4. [1] Huffington Post Profile
  5. 5.0 5.1 [2] Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine Santa Clara Law School Human Rights Award
  6. Julie Taboh (2009-07-02). "Film Spotlights True Story of Iranian Woman's Stoning". Voice of America. Archived from the original on 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Women's rights activist and lawyer violently arrested in Iran, says Amnesty International". Amnesty International. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  8. Soheila Vahdati & Sanam Dolatshahi (2007-03-08). "Campaign to Free Women's Rights Defenders in Iran press release: Three Women's Rights Defenders Remain in Detention". Payvand's Iran News. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  9. "Authorities free two feminist journalists but close their NGOs". Reporters without Borders. 2007-03-23. Archived from the original on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  10. McCann, Cathy (2007-03-27). "Prominent women writers and journalists Shadi Sadr, Mahbubeh Abbasgholizadeh and Jila Baniyaghoub released on bail". Article Archive. International PEN. Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  11. Meris Lutz (2009-07-17). "IRAN: Human rights lawyer Shadi Sadr reportedly arrested". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  12. Jim Sciutto (2009-07-17). "Former President of Iran Demands Release of Political Prisoners". ABC World News. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  13. "Shadi Sadr violently abducted without headscarf". Women's Field. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  14. Agence France-Presse (2009-07-17). "Iranian lawyer arrested in Tehran, says husband". WashingtonTV. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  15. "شادی صدر آزاد شد(Shadi Sadr is released)" (in Persian). BBC. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  16. "Shadi Sadr Describes Iranian Women's Movement - Womens eNews".
  17. "Human Rights & Democracy for Iran". Human Rights & Democracy for Iran.
  18. "Amsterdam: Shadi Sadr wins 2009 Human Rights Defenders Tulip Award". Front Line Defenders. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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