Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born campaigner and writer living in the UK. Since the Islamic regime of Iran’s killing of Mahsa Amini on 16 September 2022 for ‘improper veiling,’ Maryam has been speaking on and organising protests in solidarity with the women’s revolution in Iran. Some recent examples are a 1 October mass protest in Trafalgar Square, #Hair4Freedom, protest dance against executions, and a topless action in Cologne. She has also 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.
During decades of activism work, Maryam has produced and hosted a weekly television 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 at De Balie’s Celebrating Dissent 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.