An Iranian-born feminist and secularist offers key insights about the recent protests in her country of origin on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday.
Maryam Namazie has herself been leading protests against Iran in the United Kingdom and other European countries. Namazie fled Iran with her family when the Islamic Republic took over her country and has dedicated her life to working with immigrants, to free women and for a secular government. She is closely associated with the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, which campaigns to end apostasy and blasphemy laws and defend secularism and universal rights and equality. Namazie is host of the long-running weekly “Bread and Roses” TV show produced in both English and Persian. She has received many awards and recognitions for her activism, including FFRF’s first Henry Zumach Freedom from Religious Fundamentalism Award in 2017.
“This women’s revolution is going to bring the Islamic regime of Iran to its knees,” she tells “Freethought Matters” co-host Annie Laurie Gaylor. “And it will liberate not just Iran, not just Afghanistan but the Middle East.”
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