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Mariam Veiszadeh

Mariam Veiszadeh (born 1984) is an Afghan-born Australian lawyer,[1] opinion writer and Twitter personality who is noted for her anti-racism campaigns.

A prominent member of the Australian Muslim community, she been described as a "typically assertive Australian woman" by ABC News.[2]

She is the founder and former president of Islamophobia Register Australia,[1][3] which describes itself as "a secure and reliable service that allows people from across Australia to report any form of Anti-Muslim abuse",[4] and an official Ambassador for Welcome to Australia and Participate Australia.

Mariam sits on the Board of Our Watch, a national organisation established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.

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Early lifeEdit

Veiszadeh was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1984. In 1988, when Mariam was just four years old, her family fled Afghanistan due to the ongoing conflict in the region. Her family arrived in Australia in 1987 via India, the Czech Republic and Germany and were finally granted asylum there in 1991 under the Refugee and Special Humanitarian Program.[2][5]

Social mediaEdit

Joshua GoldbergEdit

Veiszadeh fell victim to Internet troll Joshua Ryne Goldberg, who was later convicted by the US Government of attempting a bombing on the 14th anniversary of 9/11.[6] Goldberg posted to The Daily Stormer as neo-Nazi under the pseudonym Michael Slay, and contributed to feminist blog Feministing under the pseudonym Tanya Cohen. He promoted an illusory friendship between Australi Witness (his pro-ISIL Twitter account) and Veiszadeh, with the objective of smearing Veiszadeh's reputation.[7] Under the name "Michael Slay", Goldberg wrote the majority of articles on The Daily Stormer criticising Veiszadeh, including the initial piece criticising her stance on the flag shirt. Upon learning the true identity of the writer, website owner Andrew Anglin removed all content by Goldberg.[citation needed]

AccoladesEdit

Veiszadeh was named 2016 Fairfax Daily Life Woman of the Year and was selected by Elle Magazine Malaysia as one of 12 women who were helping "change the world" for International Women's Day 2015, alongside the likes of Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie. And domestically in Australia, Get Up, an independent, community advocacy organisation featured her alongside other strong women advocates, including Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, for ‘making it happen’. Veiszadeh was also featured in Elle Magazine Australia for their #WeAreWomen campaign and was a finalist in the Daily Life Women of the Year Awards as well as being awarded Westpac’s ‘Woman of Influence’ Award for 2015.[citation needed]

In December 2015, Veiszadeh was awarded the “Role Model of the Year” and “Woman of the Year” at the 9th Australian Muslim Achievement Awards.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Religion and the Racial Discrimination Act: Don't Muslims Also Deserve Protection?". ABC News. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2017. Mariam Veiszadeh is a lawyer, community advocate and founder of Islamophobia Register Australia.
  2. ^ a b Price, Jenna (18 September 2012). "Freedom of Religion is a Really Great Thing". Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ "Sonia Kruger's Muslim migration comments 'breed hate'". ABC News. 18 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Islamophobia Register - about us". Islamophobia Register Australia.
  5. ^ Wray, Nicholas; Esposito, Brad (16 December 2014). "12 Muslim Australians Who Crushed It In 2014". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Clay County man enters guilty plea to bomb charge". Clay Today. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  7. ^ Potaka, Elise; McMahon, Luke (12 September 2015). "Unmasking a troll: Aussie 'jihadist' Australi Witness a 20-year-old American nerd". Sidney Morning Herald.
  8. ^ "Mariam Bags Two Awards at AMAA".