Aside from Malala Yousafzai who made news by receiving a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, this edition of Heroic Headlines are all heroes we have not yet featured on MoralHeroes.org. So get a head start and see what they’ve been doing to make waves this past week.
Democracy advocate (and first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize) Shirin Ebadi spoke recently about her perspective on how Iran can achieve democracy and what challenges it currently faces. Additionally, the BBC Persian has produced a documentary following Ebadi’s heroic life. It airs this week in honor of International Women’s Day.
Human rights activist and former president of the Maldives was arrested on what many believe to be trumped charges of abudction. Many believe that the government is trying to charge Mohamed Nasheed with a crime in order to eliminate him from future political positions.
In case you missed the PBS airing of the documentary detailing Ai Wei Wei’s incredibly outspoken life, you might just find it at a nearby museum or university. Ai Wei Wei has been detained and tortured by the Chinese government for his art and writings that call them out on human rights issues.
Nearly half a million supporters helped make another Nobel Prize winner land in the headlines this week. Liu Xiaobo has been detained in China since 2008. Many rallied in hopes that China’s new leader Xi Jinping would take action and free him.
Lastly, the Australian Moira Kelly has been named the official ambassador of the Koroit Irish Festival in Ireland. Moira and her rescued children will have a chance to address the crowd and present the prize to the Australian Danny Boy Championship.