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Nazanin Afshin-Jam




Nazanin Afshin-Jam was born in Iran just after the Revolution in 1979.  When her father was arrested and tortured, the family fled the country.  Raised in Vancouver, Canada, Ms. Afshin-Jam has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of British Columbia.  After completing her degree, she worked with the Red Cross as a youth educator and has since gone on to earn a master’s degree in Diplomacy with a concentration in International Conflict Management from Norwich University in Vermont, USA.


Ms. Afshin-Jam’s life changed when she received an e-mail about an 18-year-old Iranian girl, also named Nazanin, who was on death row because she had stabbed a man who was trying to rape her.  Ms. Afshin-Jam decided to work towards the woman’s release, and was ultimately successful.  Her book, The Tale of Two Nazanins, examines the lives of the two women and shows how the relationship changed them both.  She went on to found the Stop Child Executions organization, which works to halt the practice of executions of minors in Iran and other countries.  It is run by volunteers who lobby governments to put pressure on the countries which continue the practice.


Deciding to become a human rights activist, Ms. Afshin-Jam was the winner of Miss World Canada and the first runner-up of Miss World, believing that the platform would help spread her message.  She was appointed to the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to help eliminate racism in Canada.  Considering herself to be a voice for the voiceless, Ms. Afshin-Jam was awarded the Human Rights Hero Award by UN Watch in recognition of her activism.


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