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2023 Nazanin Boniadi

“…despots fear nothing more than a free and politically active woman.”

Sydney Peace Prize Citation

The 2024 Sydney Peace Prize is awarded to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a humanitarian network of 17 million volunteers and staff, for saving lives and preventing the suffering of people affected by armed conflict, for its advocacy for peace, and for its commitment to International Humanitarian Law.

The 2024 Sydney Peace Prize winner is the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement  

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 Jina 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 apartheid”, calling for freedom, democracy and human rights for all.

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