Mariam Veiszadeh

Lawyer, Community Rights Advocate, and Commentator.

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”.

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.


BASED IN: Sydney, Australia


Death threats in the virtual world meant I had to worry about my safety in the real one, October 2015

Muslim Women Scared to Go Outdoors in Climate of Hate, October 2014