[+/-] Iranian humanist named first "Secularist of the Year"
Maryam Namazie has won the first Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year for her tireless work in opposition to the Iranian theocracy and the rise of political Islam throughout the world. The £5,000 ($8,750) prize, sponsored the National Secular Society (NSS), was presented to Ms. Namazie on Oct. 8 by the well-known British journalist Polly Toynbee.
Namazie has spent two decades campaigning for the rights of women and refugees in Islamic countries. She is host of TV International and is a Central Council member of the Organisation of Women's Liberation in Iran. She is also employed as the community services officer of the British Humanist Association.