General Hospital’s Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla) emailed bright and early this morning to ask us to help spread the word about a woman in need. “I have joined the campaign to save 32-year old single mother of a girl in her early teens from being executed in Iran. I am auctioning off the dress I wore on the red carpet at the 2007 Daytime Emmys to raise money and awareness for this cause. Any support you can give us through your site, to get the word out, would be much appreciated,” she wrote.

The woman, Akram Mahdavi, is one of far too many victims of a legal system in which women are pulled out of school, married young to older men and abused. She is an epileptic and faces death by hanging unless $60,000 in “blood money” is raised and offered to the Iranian court in exchange for her freedom. Nazinin has joined a team of lawyers, journalists and human rights activists in raising the money needed to allow Akram to reclaim her life and raise her daughter.