Shirin Ebadi became the first Iranian woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, the year before Wangari Maathai’s win… Not long after winning the Nobel Prize, Wangari Maathai made headlines with the controversial suggestion that AIDS may have been a man-made biological agent. She later backtracked a bit, saying “I neither say nor believe that the virus was developed by white people or white powers in order to destroy the African people. Such views are wicked and destructive.”
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