The 2023 Sydney Peace Prize winner is Nazanin Boniadi
The Peace Prize jury selected Ms Boniadi from a strong field of nominations “for drawing attention to human rights violations, for lending a powerful voice to support Iranian women and girls and their #WomanLifeFreedom movement, and for using a high-profile platform to promote freedom and justice in Iran.”
Iranian-born human rights advocate Nazanin Boniadi is deeply committed to human and women’s rights advocacy and has used her public profile as an actress to campaign in solidarity with the people of Iran.
Following the death of 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini last year, she was instrumental in bringing the human rights of women and others in Iran into sharp focus on the world stage, advocating at the highest levels at the UN Security Council, the US Senate Human Rights Caucus, the British Parliament, Australian Senate Enquiries, and forums across the globe.
Standing up for human rights for more than 20 years, in 2020, she received the Freedom House Raising Awareness Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. That same year she was also appointed as an Amnesty International UK Ambassador with a focus on women and Iran.
Nazanin Boniadi has used her platform to highlight the injustice of “gender aparthied”, calling for freedom, democracy and human rights for all.