Fatima ( Maryam) Kamyarnejad from Isfahan in Iran has worked for the UN as a UNV (United Nation Volunteer) and for I.O.M (International Organization for Migration in Iran, Jordan, Nepal and Afghanistan since 2004.
In 2004 I was working for the first presidential election of Afghanistan which was also held in Iran in order that Afghan refugees could have the opportunity to vote. In 2005 I worked in Jordan for the Iraqi National Assembly election which was again another 'out of country' registration and voting mission to enable Iraqis refugees residing in Jordan to vote. For these two missions, I was a Training Officer for electoral procedures and principles as well as supervising counting processes.
In 2007 and 2008 I was working for the Assembly elections of Nepal (with UNMINl) as an Electoral Advisor for training, public outreach and logistics. I enjoyed having to walk in the mountains to work with Nepali Civic Educators. We used drama to explain the importance of participating in elections.
In 2008 and 2009, I was involved in a number of election related roles in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, where security is a serious challenge, for the presidential elections. I was evacuated from this mission due to a terrible and tragic suicide bomb attack on a UN guest house where some of my colleagues were residing. A number of my friends were killed.
In 2010, I was briefly an Electoral Advisor for the Iraqi Parliamentary election in Iran. In my missions I have always been particularly interested working with women of local communities to inform them of their rights. it is particularly important to encourage them to get actively involved in electoral processes, but it is important increase public awareness among all social groups.
In general I hope that eventually I might in some small way assist in combating threats to human rights which bedevil so many countries.