Nowruz 2023: Reflections on the Women, Life, Liberty Movement by Canadian and European Parliamentarians


Ali Ehsassi, Azadeh Rojhan-Gustafsson, Alireza Akhondi, Darya Safaei, Danial Ilkhanipour


March 26, 2023

Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies

in collaboration with

The Office of Ali Ehsassi, MP


Nowruz  2023:

Reflections on the Women, Life, Liberty Movement
by Canadian and European Parliamentarians

Sunday, 26 March 2023, 10:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Easter Time (Canada and The US)

In-person Meeting:
Innis Town Hall, Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5

Zoom Meeting Registration:


Ali Ehsassi has served as the Member of Parliament from the Toronto riding of Willowdale since 2015. He is a member of the Liberal Caucus, and currently serves as the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament.


Azadeh Rojhan-Gustafsson has served as a member of Swedish Parliament since 2014 and as a member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.


Alireza Akhondi (Sweden) was elected a member of the Swedish Parliament in 2018, and serves as a member of the Center Party caucus.


Darya Safaei (Belgium) was elected as a federal Member of Parliament to the Belgian House of Representatives in 2019, and currently serves as a member of the Foreign and Defence Committees.


Danial Ilkhanipour has been a Member of Parliament (Hamburg State) since 2015 and the Spokesman for Europe and International Affairs. He also represents Hamburg as a Member of the “Congress of Regions” in Brussels.



Behnoosh Behnamnia is an Iranian-style violinist, kamancheh soloist, and founder of the Eastern Sunrise Ensemble, currently studying Music Technology and Digital Media at the University of Toronto.

Naghmeh Farahmand is a Persian percussionist with a recent debut solo CD, “Unbound,” and instructional DVD, “The Iranian Daf,” followed by “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Refuge” Albums.

Marzieh Rahimzadeh is an award-winning Santoor virtuoso and a graduate of Music performance from Art university, Tehran.