During decades of activism work, Maryam has aryam has organised actions and protests in solidarity with the women’s revolution in Iran including 1 October mass protest in Trafalgar Square, #Hair4Freedom, protest dance against executions, and a topless action in Cologne. She has initiated the Woman, Life, Freedom Charter and a Woman, Life, Freedom singing and drumming group with others. She has been interviewed extensively on the situation in Iran and on other rights issues, produced and hosted a weekly TV programme broadcast in Iran in Persian and English called Bread and Roses. She has also executive produced Women Leaving Islam and published The Woman’s Quran. With Ex-Muslims International, she has organised Apostasy Day and Atheist Day. She has also organised the largest gatherings of ex-Muslims in history, including in 2017 in London, 2019 in Amsterdam at De Balie and in Cologne 2022, for which she was interviewed by Charlie Hebdo.
She has also led a topless protests at Pride London in defence of LGBT rights; taken part in a nude protest in defence of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She has initiated an International Day to Defend Amina and the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar 2012-2013, founded Iran Solidarity, and helped launch the Manifesto for a Free and Secular Middle East and North Africa.
In 2006, Maryam signed a statement of 12 writers against Islamic totalitarianism with Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasrin and others. She has also fought against stoning laws and defended refugee rights, amongst others.