SOAS University of London

SOAS alum becomes new Mayor of Camden

11 June 2019

Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust was announced the new mayor of Camden in May 2019. The SOAS alum studied Economics and graduated back in 2004. She breaks boundaries by becoming the first Iranian-born woman ever elected to public office in the UK.

Maryam has served her community effectively by enhancing the lives of Camden residence who have been marginalised in society. She said: "Domestic violence should have no place in Camden, I want to raise awareness and encourage people to speak out when they see signs of abuse. My chosen charity, Solace Women's Aid, offers free advice and support to women and children in London to build safe and strong lives – free from abuse and violence.'

Maryam draws on her own experiences in discrimination and has campaigned on race, gender and other critical issues in order to protect the residence of Camden.