For her determined and courageous defense of human values in Iran and her efforts to create awareness through literature about the situation women face in Islamic society.
Forced to leave her country, from U.S. exile she remains one of the most influential voices among silenced Iranian intellectuals.
Her message has contributed strongly in raising awareness about what is happening in Iran and encouraging women from the Islamic world to fight for their rights.
These were the words in the announcement of the jury decision for the Gabarron International Award of Thought and Humanities 2011. The jury recognized AZAR NAFISI’s career under the presidency of Mr. Demetrio Madrid Lopez, and with Acting Secretary Mr. Juan Ramón Lucas Fernández. Members of the jury include: Mr. Juan Ramón Lucas Fernández, Journalist and Director of the Spanish National Radio Show “On days like today”, The Honorable Mr. Demetrio Madrid López, First President of the board of Castilla y León and President and Advisor of the Second Section of the Consultative Council of Castilla y León, The Honorable Mr. Jesús Núñez Velázquez, President of Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, Mr. Ignacio Perez Alonso, CEO of The North of Castilla, Mr. Bieito Rubido Ramonde, Director of ABC and Ms. Paloma Segrelles de Arenaza, Member of the Board of Directors for Herbalife Spain and President of the Youths Commission of the Century XXI Club.
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