Mariam Veiszadeh

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Change Makers

Mariam Veiszadeh is a Lawyer, Community Rights Advocate, and opinion piece writer. She is also a proud Ambassador for Welcome to Australia.

Topping the list of 12 Muslim Australians Who Crushed It In 2014, by US news media website Buzzfeed, Mariam Veiszadeh was acknowledged for “leading the charge against Islamophobia” and classified as being part of “Australia’s best and brightest”.

Mariam’s strong advocacy against Islamophobia recently made global headlines as she endured months of cyberbullying for simply speaking out against bigotry. Australians responded by rallying behind Mariam and showing their support on social media using the hashtag #IstandwithMariam.

At this year’s International Women’s Day, Mariam was selected by Elle Magazine Malaysia as one of 12 women who were helping “change the world”, 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’.

Mariam has established herself as one of most energetic and resourceful young leaders of the Australian Muslim community and has worked tirelessly to advocate the position of Australian Muslims. Her advocacy has attracted the support of senior politicians, journalists, decision makers and other ordinary Australian who have become strong supporters of the rights of Muslims living in Australia.

Read more about Mariam and her work at her website here.