Farnaz Seifi, a 30-year old media scientist and journalist, was one of the first female bloggers in Iran, and took the risk of writing under her real name. For this act, in 2007 she was forced to flee to exile in Holland, with a student visa she had to struggle to obtain. The Iranian regime had declared her an enemy of the state and imprisoned her. Farnaz fights for equal rights and freedom of expression, and opposes the Islamic fundamentalism that holds sway in Iran. She is an activist in the women’s rights movement and co-founder of the Iranian human rights campaign ‘One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality’, which fights state-sanctioned discrimination against women.

Farnaz Seifi