Arghavan who will represent Sweden at the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 has released “Zan” to mark International Women’s Day.

Arghavan the Swedish participant in the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 has today released “Zan” to mark International Women’s Day. The singer who is an Ambassador for UN Women in Sweden and has dedicated her life as an advocate for freedom of expression and human rights worldwide. Arghavan was born in Iran but moved to Sweden at the age of three during a turbulent period in the country. She is a highly acclaimed artist, author, and singer.

The song is available to download now on iTunes, with all proceeds from the song going to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In an interview with Eurovoix World in November, Arghavan stated that her work with the UN is:

It is one of the most important jobs I do. To remind people that we all can help and be apart of a change and for people to realize the power of their freedom of expression and to start using it. I think people sometimes forget how privileged they are. The smallest step to help another person can make a big difference.

Arghavan is performing the song “Dircalis” written by Ylva & Linda at the fourth edition of the Turkvision Song Contest in Astana, Kazakhstan. Sweden is one of fifteen countries and regions to have confirmed publicly that they will be participating in this years contest.

Watch the official music video for “Zan”, featuring women who have been inspiration to Arghavan below:

The Turkvision Song Contest was first held in 2013 in the Turkish city of Eskisehir. The contest which is open to Turkic nations and regions such as Turkey, Kazakhstan and Yakutia. The contest follows a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest, with songs limited to being 4 minutes long. To date Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have won the contest.