Nazanin Afshin-Jam – WOMAN of ACTION™



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is elated to Celebrate the Life of this artists, model, mother, wife and woman leader that has devoted her energy to the betterment of lives for all women and children. Inspired and sparked into the life of activism against death penalty for children around the world and philanthropy by being the “voice for the voiceless” and deliver her messages of freedom, peace and love worldwide.




Nazanin Afshin-Jam WOMAN of ACTION

Nazanin Afshin-Jam


A licensed pilot, Afshin-Jam flies both powered aircraft and gliders and achieved the highest rank in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets—Warrant Officer First Class.

nazanin wedding peter mackayOn January 4, 2012, Afshin-Jam married Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay at a private ceremony in Mexico.

The couple has one son, Kian Alexander MacKay, born April 1, 2013.

Nazanin is an international human rights activist, singer/songwriter, actor, model, author, and former Miss World Canada. Afshin-Jam is international model and actress and in 2003 she became Miss World Canada and joined in the Miss World contest in Sanya, China. She ranked second there, behind Rosanna Davison, Miss Ireland 2003. She entered the Miss World competition whose motto is “beauty with a purpose” to have a stronger platform to speak on human rights issues.

Afshin-Jam traveled worldwide representing many causes including helping victims of the tsunami in India and Sri Lanka, raising funds for the earthquake victims of Bam, supporting fistula patients in Ethiopia, fundraising for Variety the Children’s Charity, bridging the digital divide through youth advocacy and raising awareness on the practice of Bear Bile Farming in China.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam stop child executionsIn 2006, Nazanin successfully ran an international campaign to save the life of a juvenile sentenced to death in Iran for stabbing a man that tried to rape her.

She has since co-founded Stop Child Executions to help put an end to executions of juveniles worldwide.

Nazanin is a member of the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, which helps eliminate racism and discrimination in Canada. She is also the recipient of several human rights awards, and has spoken at the United Nations and the European Union.

NazaninAJ BOOKAs author of The Tale of Two Nazanins, Nazanin donates half of the book’s proceeds to organizations working to end violence against women and children in Iran.

She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s degree in Diplomacy with a concentration in International Conflict Management from Norwich University in Vermont.

nazanin CDAfshin-Jam’s debut album, Someday was released in April 2007 by Bodog Music. Her music is influenced by her multilingual and international background; she sings in English, French, Persian and Spanish. This genre-spanning song selection could be classified in many categories but, in particular, in: Pop, Dance and World Beat.

Watch Nazanin perform the haunting “Someday” about the struggle for human rights and democracy in Iran – then hear her speak at Democracy in Action – Crisis in Iran, Oct. 27 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, Ottawa/Gatineau. For more information, visit HERE.

Several of Afshin-Jam’s songs have made the Top 30 and Top 40 charts. Her debut single, “I Dance 4 U” charted at #20 in the Music Week – Commercial Pop Top 30 Club Chart (a music video for the song has been released). Afshim-Jam’s single “Someday” has been climbing the FMQB Top 40 chart in the U.S. and is currently at #7.

Her new single “I Do” reached #39 on the Billboard Chart in adult contemporary music.

A Christmas single “On Christmas Day” has also made the charts, ranking #59 on the ACQB chart. The proceeds from the song are contributed to the Stop Child Executions Campaign. Afshin-Jam has dedicated “Someday the Revolution Song” from her album Someday, to Nazanin Fatehi and other youth in Iran. At least 142 juvenile offenders believed to be on death row in Iran, 6 in Saudi Arabia, 3 in Sudan and 40 in Nigeria.

3 juveniles are reported to have been executed in Iran and 2 in Saudi Arabia in 2009. Despite pleas from the international community including the European Union, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and letters from Stop Child Executions President, we are sad to inform you that officials in Yemen carried out the execution of juvenile Mohammad Abdal-karim Mohammad Haza on March 9th 2013.

Prepared by Stop Child Executions in cooperation with Amnesty International and based on data obtained from Iranian Media, Mohammad Mostafaei and other attorneys, Parents, Emaddedin Baghi, Iran Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and other human rights activists and resources. READ MORE HERE

She has said that she wants to compose songs about Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalits in India.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam 300x500_Delara-DarabiAfshin-Jam continues to address human rights abuses worldwide particularly in relation to women and children in Iran and the Middle East including speeches at UN, EU, Canadian and UK Parliament. She has had media features on CNN, BBC, CBC, FOX, Al Jazeera and numerous radio shows, talk shows and print including Glamour, Seventeen, Chatelaine, Flare, Elle and Vanity Fair magazine.

Afshin-Jam was opposed to the death penalty being applied to 18-year-old Iranian woman Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi, who was sentenced to hang for stabbing one of three men who tried to rape her and her niece in Karaj in March 2005.

Nazanin-NazaninShe started a campaign to help save the life of this minor including a petition which attracted more than 350,000 signatures worldwide.

She has also dedicated her song “Someday the Revolution song” – one of the 12 songs on her album – Someday to Nazanin Fatehi and some other youth in Iran.

Eventually, with pressure from the international community, Nazanin Fatehi was granted a new trial by the head of Judiciary in June 2006.

In January 2007 Nazanin Fatehi was exonerated of murder charges and was released on January 31, 2007, after Afshin-Jam raised $43,000 on-line for bail while her lawyers worked on her case. For her efforts in helping save Nazanin Fatehi, Afshin-Jam was awarded the “hero for human rights award” from Youth For Human Rights International and Artists for Human Rights at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Afshin-Jam initiated Stop Child Executions Campaign and petition to help other children on death row. The campaign was registered as a non-profit organization with 501-C 3 status in 2008. She is co-founder and President of Stop Child Executions Organization, whose aim is to try to put a permanent end to executions of minors in Iran and abroad. To date, SCE has managed to help save many lives.

NazaninAfshinJamDalaiLamaOn the 9th anniversary of the student uprising in Iran, Afshin-Jam made a speech in the UK parliament, commemorating the uprising. In her remarks, she mentioned some of the victims of the uprising.

On September 23, 2008 Afshin-Jam organized “Ahmadinejad’s Wall of Shame” rally at Dag Hammarskjöld park across the United Nations in New York as Ahmadinejad was addressing the General Assembly.

In November 2008 Afshin-Jam received the “Global Citizenship Award” by the University of British Columbia’s Alumni Association.

In April 2009 Nazanin received the “Human Rights Hero Award” from UN Watch in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2009 Afshin-Jam will be playing the role of Táhirih in Jack Lenz’s upcoming movie Mona’s Dream about the life of Mona Mahmudnizhad. In 2009 she signed an open letter of apology posted to along with 266 other Iranian academics, writers, artists, journalists about the Persecution of Bahá’ís.

In 2009, Afshin-Jam won the YMCA Power of Peace Award as “Young Emerging Leader”.

Through her speeches and music Afshin-Jam hopes to continue being a “voice for the voiceless” and deliver her messages of freedom, peace and love worldwide.



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The Tale Of Two Nazanins [Hardcover] Nazanin Afshin-Jam (Author)


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Welcome this woman of courage and conviction into our global alumni with open arms, celebrating her works and looking forward to much greater freedom and justice for all women of our world, especially in IRAN.


Brava Nazanin!



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