Professor Arrested for Feminism Is Released From Iranian Prison

Dr. Homa Hoodfar, an Iranian-Canadian professor has been released from a prison in Iran, where she was held for more than 100 days for "fomenting a feminist revolution."

Hoodfar was specifically charged with "collaborating with a hostile government and propaganda against the state," according to The New York Times. She was in Iran conducting historical and ethnographic research on women's public roles.

"They're trying to link my aunt with many other actors to try to create this feminist conspiracy that doesn't exist," her niece, Amanda Ghahremani, told CBC.

After interviewing Iranian women on the street and promoting women’s equality through a religious lens, the Iranian government responded with action. Her dual citizenship with Canada, however, inclined that government to step in and respond — especially after learning of her poor health conditions during imprisonment.

"The Government of Canada has been actively and constructively engaged at the highest levels in Dr. Hoodfar's case," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement. "I would … like to recognize the cooperation of those Iranian authorities who facilitated her release and repatriation. They understand that cases like these impede more productive relations.”

Canada does not have an embassy in Iran, so Hoodfar's release was assisted by Switzerland, Oman, and Italy. Hoodfar is now reunited with her family in London.

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