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Nazanin Boniadi: The 2023 Sydney Peace Prize Lecture

‘If the pillars of a system ensure its wrongs cannot be made right, the pillars need to change. And that’s exactly what the Iranian people have tried to do nearly once every decade for the past four decades’ – Nazanin Boniadi.

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Acclaimed actor, activist and 2023 Sydney Peace Prize-winner Nazanin Boniadi shares her dream of a ‘a free, prosperous and secular democratic Iran’.

Iranian-born actress Nazanin Boniadi has had an impressive onscreen career, including leading roles in the Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and Homeland.

But it’s her major role as a human rights advocate that has led to her most recent recognition. Over more than two decades, Boniadi has worked tirelessly to elevate the voices and struggles of Iranian citizens and activists, fighting for the country’s democracy and freedom – particularly for women and children. She has advocated at the highest levels, including at the UN Security Council, the US Senate Human Rights Caucus, and in the British Parliament.

Boniadi was selected as the recipient of the 2023 Sydney Peace Prize for ‘lending a powerful voice to support Iranian women and girls and their #WomanLifeFreedom movement, and for using a high-profile platform to promote freedom and justice in Iran’.

At an unmissable event at The Capitol in Melbourne, Boniadi delivered a stirring keynote lecture on democracy and women’s rights, followed by a Q&A hosted by Mahsa Hajjari.



This event was recorded on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

It was presented by the Sydney Peace Foundation and RMIT Culture.


Supported by the Wheeler Centre, Amnesty International, Future Women and the Victorian Women’s Trust.


Featured music is ‘Fuzzy Feeling’ by Timothy Infinite.

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