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Maryam Namazie - Henry H. Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism award – 2017

Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born secularist and human rights activist, commentator and broadcaster. She is spokesperson for One Law for All, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Fitnah. She hosts a weekly television program called Bread and Roses.

She is on the International Advisory Board of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom and Euromind; Humanist Laureate at the International Academy of Humanism; National Secular Society Honorary Associate; a member of the International Advisory Board of Feminist Dissent and a columnist for the Freethinker. Maryam and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain were featured in a 2016 film called Islam's Non-Believers; she was also a character in DV8 Physical Theatre's Can We Talk About This?, which deals with freedom of speech, censorship and Islam.

The Islamic regime of Iran's media outlets have called Namazie "immoral and corrupt" and did an 'exposé' on her entitled "Meet this anti-religion woman." In the past few years, she has been involved in nude protest in defence of women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa, initiated a Day to Stand with Bangladesh's Bloggers and Activists; 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. She has spoken and written numerous articles on women's rights issues, free expression, Islamism, and secularism.

Previously, Namazie was the elected Executive Director of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees, a refugee run organisation with 60 branches in 15 countries worldwide for 8 years; founded the Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees; and co-founded Human Rights Without Frontiers based in the Sudan, amongst others. She recieved the Henry H. Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism award of $10,000.

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