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Alongside her efforts to become a pilot, she worked as the Director of Training and as a Consultant for two insurance companies: Tehran Insurance Company and Iran-America Insurance Company, which was renamed Tavanah Insurance Company after the revolution.
To show the abilities of women to be equal to that of their male counterparts, Akram took lessons on driving both trucks and buses.
She left Iran with her children after the revolution and migrated to Sweden. Single-handedly, she opened a small restaurant in Jönköping, one of the southern cities of Sweden, and carried on raising her children.
She has also given many interviews for Swedish newspapers as well as for Swedish and Persian radio and television. She has been involved in numerous cultural and literary events held at libraries such as the International Library and museums such as the Mediterranean Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. In addition, she was the storyteller for children at various local libraries and on public access television for a year and half. She has also assisted the Municipal Cultural Committee in Kista as a counselor for cultural affairs for three and half years.
In 2000 she participated in a cultural contest called “Mina Drömmars Kista” held by the Kista library in which she won second place. One year later, she won first prize in the Husby Poetry Cup. Akram has been an active participant in Swedish poetry contests called “Poetry Slam”, since 1999. She was appointed the Mistress of Ceremonies for “Poetry Slam” for the 2001 event. In addition, she has been assigned the management and coordination of the poetry gatherings at Skärholmen Library for an eight months term starting September 2001. Akram took part in a poetry event called “Poetry Slam” in New York in February 2001 and her poems were well received there.
In May 2001 Akram received
permission from one of Sweden´s most famous authors, Sara Lidman,
to translate one of her books.