June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
In this talk called ‘Manijeh, Not Only a Change of Name’ given at the Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival, in Brisbane, Australia 2019, author Fereshteh Hooshmand shares insights about her book ‘Manijeh, Not Only a Change of Name’, a biography about her mother.
Fereshteh Hooshmand is fascinated by people and their stories. It started with her mother, whose story was the basis of her first book ‘Manijeh, Not only a Change of Name‘. It continued in the Conflict Resolution Centre and Human Rights Office in Canberra, Australia, where she worked some years ago. At present, she hears the stories of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island, where she works as an interpreter and translator. She says “There is nothing more fulfilling than bearing witness to the story of an unsung hero, and telling the stories of those unable to tell their own.”
‘Ink of Light‘ is an annual festival that explores and celebrates the work of Baha’i writers and creatives, who all come together to share ideas, learn from one another, and celebrate creative expression.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.