|Born||Rabia Özden Kazan
25 June 1976
|Occupation||women's rights activist, author|
|Years active||1996 — present|
She started her journalism career as a TV correspondent in 1996 with Istanbul Documentary, for the Turkish channel Flash TV. Then, she became a columnist for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) affiliated newspaper Ortadoğu (gazete) where she worked there for six years. Meanwhile, she became known in Turkey through an important interview with Mehmet Ali Ağca, Then, she founded the news magazine Haber Revizyon in İstanbul.
In 2007, Kazan went to Iran and she witnessed child marriages, women trafficking and wedleases. She wrote a reportage on women condition in Tehran, Iran titled Tahran Melekleri ("The Angels of Tehran"), which was about Nikah mut‘ah. Kazan received various threats after her book published . Her book has become a bestseller in Turkey.
In 2008, Ms.Kazan married to Giacinto Licursi who was Italian lawyer, politician and she moved to Rome. During her stay in Italy, she actively promoted Secularism in Islam and prevention of child marriages and woman trafficking on different platforms including Italian TV Channels.
Ms. Kazan decided to remove her hijab in 2012, which she was forced to wear at the age of seven. After removing her hijab she has started working as a writer and women's rights activist at The International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) , based in Switzerland.