Maryam Nayeb Yazdi is a human rights activist, consultant, and writer, using the pen to fight for a free Iran. In 2009, she founded Persian2English.com, an acclaimed translation blog bringing human rights violations in Iran to an international audience. In 2012, Ms. Yazdi was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her achievements. Ms. Yazdi is currently in Oslo working on a UNICEF project, in addition to the Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative, a project she co-founded. The Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative has partnered with Civita and the Nobel Peace Center to hold its inaugural event in March 2018 by bringing together a group of prominent women activists from countries with extreme gender equality issues.
Ms. Yazdi’s work and the reports published by Persian2English have been cited and promoted by CNN, CTV, CBC, LA Times, The Guardian, among others. She has played a leading role in the online freedom movement following the 2009 presidential election in Iran. Furthermore, she has participated in and led numerous human rights initiatives and social media projects, such as live blogging of street protests in Iran and ‘Tweet Storms’. Ms. Yazdi has co-founded numerous campaigns calling for the release of political prisoners in Iran, including a global campaign for Canadian permanent resident Saeed Malekpour.