Bahara Alavi

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Born1989 (age 31–32)
Saqqez, Iran
DiedApril 11, 2010(2010-04-11) (aged 21)
Sanandaj, Iran
Resting placeSaqqez
NationalityIranian Kurdistan
  • Human rights activist
  • Women rights defender

Bahara Alavi (1989-2010), Human rights activist, women's rights defender and blogger, was born in 1989 in the city of Saqqez, in eastern Kurdistan Rojhalat. She was a member of the campaign to collect One Million Signatures to amend Iran's laws in favoring women's rights and died in a car accident in early 2010[1].


Bahareh Alavi started writing as a teenager in 2005 and at the age of 16, at the same time as she began to ‌‌‌‌defend women rights, she began writing her blog, The Daughter of the Sun[2]. The reactions from people showed that Her writings had an effect on the other campaigners. She was under pressure from Iranian security agencies for her writings[3].

One of her companions, Kaveh Kermanshahi, who won the Hellman/Hammett award from Human Rights Watch, presented it to Bahareh in an interview with Radio Zamaneh, saying that he had learned the courage to write from Bahareh Alavi[4].

Over five years she traveled to many cities in Iran as part of her human rights and women's rights campaign, enlightened and educated other women's rights activists as well as ordinary people to combat misguided cultures such as female circumcision.

On one of her trips with her father, she had an car accident and died[5].

Her death provoked wide reactions among the human and women's rights activists, several articles about her life and activities were published in various media.[6][7]


  1. Bahareh Alavi, activist of the One Million Signatures Campaign, Iran Today, 26 April 2011
  2. The Daughter of the Sun, Bahara Alavi Web blog
  3. Alavi, sunset of the sun girl, Iran global, 28 April 2011
  4. Kaveh Kermanshahi presented his award to Bahara, We Women Website, 2001
  5. A lament for Bahareh Alavi who went with Bahar, Asr No, 27 April 2011
  6. Commemoration of Bahareh Alavi, a girl who loved flying with broken wings more than stillness, Iranian Women's Association, 5 May 2011
  7. Bahare Alavi, Missed but Not Forgotten,, 2011

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