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ACTION ALERT: Dr. Homa Hoodfar

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– Dr Homa Hoodfar

Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a highly respected university professor at Concordia University, Montreal has been arrested and detained in Iran’s notorious Evin prison on Monday 6, June 2016. She is an anthropologist who conducts ethnographic research across the Middle East, as well on Muslims living in the West. Her research is known to be balanced and several of her studies highlight the opportunities and high status that women have availed of in various Muslim countries, including in Iran. Her arrest is incomprehensible given that she has never been involved in politics of any sort.

We request the Iranian authorities to provide Dr Hoodfar immediate access to her family and lawyer, ensure she has the medicines she requires for her neurological illness, and release Dr Hoodfar and to return her passport.

ACTION ALERT

Professor Homa Hoodfar is a world renowned Anthropologist currently detained in Iran. Help us secure her immediate and unconditional release by joining our campaign to #FREEHOMA.

Hoodfar, 65, is an internationally renowned and widely published anthropologist who studies a range of issues related to women’s roles and status in Muslim contexts.

Born in Iran, Hoodfar has been living in Montreal for 30 years. A Canadian, Irish and Iranian national, Professor Hoodfar travelled to Iran in February this year to see her family. Shortly before she was to return home, she was arrested in March, but released on bail. After being interrogated by authorities for months, Hoodfar was once again summoned for interrogation on Monday June 6th and imprisoned without due process.

It is not clear what the charges against Dr. Hoodfar are. Her arrest is incomprehensible given that she has never been involved in politics of any sort. She is an anthropologist who conducts ethnographic research across the Middle East, as well on Muslims living in the West. Indeed, her research is known to be balanced and several of her studies highlight the opportunities and high status that women have availed of in various Muslim countries, including in Iran. She is very much a patriot when it comes to Iran, and often argues that change must come from within through internal processes in societies and working within religious parametres. For instance, in one of her writings, she showcases women volunteer health workers in Iran, by highlighting how they have “acquired a sense of self-fulfillment and self-worth,” within the religious context of Iran.

Professor Hoodfar is appreciated everywhere for her unprejudiced views of politics and history. She is a great proponent of giving voice to Third-world women, particularly Muslim women. She was among the pioneer scholars to highlight Muslim women’s public roles that have been justified through religious precepts. Her writings have greatly contributed to challenging the essentialised portrayals of Muslim women that was prominent in Western scholarship.  In a ground-breaking book on the Muslim Veil in North America, Prof. Hoodfar writes about the significance of veiling as a visible marker of Islam in the West, as well as an adoptive strategy.

It is of deep concern that, following her arrest, Dr. Hoodfar is not being allowed to see her lawyer or contact family and that her relatives have not been able to ensure she has the medication she needs. Dr. Hoodfar suffered a stroke last year and has a neurological illness that needs regular medical attention and treatment.

We therefore request the Iranian authorities to:

  • Provide Dr Hoodfar immediate access to her family and lawyer;
  • Ensure Dr Hoodfar has the medicines she requires for her neurological illness, her condition is monitored and the report shared with her family;
  • Release Dr Hoodfar and return her passport and other essential documents so she can travel back to Canada to continue her treatment there and resume her academic work.

Visit www.homahoodfar.org for updated information on #FreeHoma Campaign

Tweet: #FreeHoma #FreeHomaNow #FreeHomaHoodfar

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TAKE ACTION NOW

Please write immediately to the following officials, using the sample letters provided below. We ask you to keep the focus on Homa’s balanced scholarly research (in other words, please do not add any other details, or alter the message).  Please make sure to bcc: FreeHoma@gn.apc.org on any emails or letters sent.

Here are actions & useful documents below you can use for yourself, or to alert colleagues & friends:

– Write to Iranian Embassy in your place of residence: see sample letter below; you will need to add the name/ email of your local Iranian consulate/embassy. Please check the link for more info about local Iranian consulate/embassy: http://www.embassypages.com/iran

– Write to Canadian and Irish authorities to take up the matter of their citizen: Homa is an Iranian/Canadian/Irish national – see  sample letters below to be sent to Irish + Canadian officials to pressure them to take action.

– Media, social media, blogs : See the social media toolkit below, including the Facbook page and hashtag #FreeHomaHoodfar

The website www.homahoodfar.org is circulating an E-LETTER hosted by Amnesty International to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada calling on him to take action – It’s available at http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=52057. The total number of E-Letters sent has reached 13,967 – maybe we should add this to our take action part as well? however Farida hasn’t made any sort of comment on it so I would wait for her approval…..

Sign the AVAAZ petition calling on to the Government of President Rouhani to secure the release of Dr Homa Hoodfar

 

Guiding notes

1.    Please do not add any other details, or alter the message

2.    Please replace all text in bold with appropriate information

3.    Please write to each person separately

4.    When writing to your local Iranian Embassy, find the email for the Embassy in your country at: http://www.embassypages.com/iran. If you do not know the Ambassador’s name, just address it to the “Honorable Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran” 

5.    Please delete irrelevant option in bold (and convert prefered option to regular black font) text depending on whether you are writing as an individual or institution

6.    If you are writing on behalf of an institution, please send the letter on your letterhead

7.    For each letter, please bccFreeHoma@gn.apc.org.

Thank You

 

 

Sample Letter to Iranian Authorities

 

Authorities to write to and addresses

 

  1. The Honorable Dr. Hassan Rouhani

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Pasteur Street, Pasteur Square

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

c/o His Excellency Gholam Ali Khoshroo, the Iranian Ambassador to the UN    email: iran@un.int

  1. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
    Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
    c/o H.E. Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo
    Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
    622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
    New York, NY 10017, USA
    email: iran@un.int and contact@leader.ir

    fax: +1 (212) 867-7086

 

  1. Honorable Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran

For more info about local Iranian consulate/embassy: http://www.embassypages.com/iran

email________________

Fax_________________

 

                                                                                                                                                                            [DATE]

 

Your Excellency,

 

We/I write to express our/my shock at hearing that Dr. Homa Hoodfar was arrested on June 6th 2016 and detained in Evin prison in Tehran.

 

We/I would like to draw your attention to the fact that Dr. Homa Hoodfar, is a highly respected university professor at Concordia University, Montreal where she has been residing for 30 years. She is an internationally renowned and widely published anthropologist who studies a range of issues related to the role of woman in Middle Eastern societies and their struggles.

We/I understand that Professor Hoodfar travelled to Iran in February this year to see her family. Shortly before she was to return home, she was arrested in March, but released on bail. After being interrogated for months, Professor Hoodfar was once again summoned for interrogation on Monday June 6th and then imprisoned without due process.

Dr. Hoodfar’s arrest is incomprehensible given that she has never been involved in politics of any sort. She is an anthropologist who conducts ethnographic research across the Middle East. Indeed, her research is known to be balanced and several of her studies highlight the opportunities and high status that women have availed of in various Muslim countries, including in Iran. This is the case for example, of her recent work that showcases women volunteer health workers in Iran’s health system. As stated in the report Health Workers and Health Knowledge as Avenues of Empowerment, the  “research project has created the space for women we interviewed to reflect on their acquired sense of sense -fulfilment and self- worth; and how they have overcome the problems and challenges that accompanied their new role in the public sphere as health volunteers.”

Professor Hoodfar is appreciated everywhere for her unprejudiced views of politics and history. She is very much a patriot when it comes to Iran, and often argues that change must come from within through internal processes in societies and working within religious parametres. She was among the pioneer scholars to highlight Muslim women’s public roles that have been justified through religious precepts. Her writings have greatly contributed to challenging the essentialised portrayals of Muslim women that was prominent in Western scholarship until recently.

We/I are/am deeply concerned that, following her arrest, Dr. Hoodfar is not being allowed to see her lawyer or contact family and that her relatives have not been able to ensure she has the medication she needs for a serious neurological condition.

We/I would draw your attention to the fact that Dr. Hoodfar suffered a stroke last year and because of her illness, she requires regular medical attention and treatment for which she needs to return to Canada.

We/I therefore respectfully request that the Iranian authorities:

  • Provide Dr Hoodfar immediate access to her family and lawyer;
  • Ensure Dr Hoodfar has the medicines she requires for her neurological illness, her condition is monitored and the report shared with her family;
  • Release Dr Hoodfar and return her passport and other essential documents so she can travel back to Canada to continue her treatment there and resume her academic work.

 

Yours sincerely

 

NAME_____________

(If relevant) INSTITUTION ____________

(If relevant) DESIGNATION

COUNTRY______________ 

 

Guiding notes

  1. Please do not add any other details, or alter the message
  2. Please replace all text in bold with appropriate information
  3. Please write to each person separately
  4. Please delete irrelevant option in bold (and convert prefered option to regular black font) text depending on whether you are writing as an individual or institution
  5. If you are writing on behalf of an institution, please send the letter on your letterhead
  6. For each letter, please bccFreeHoma@gn.apc.org.

Thank You

 

 

Sample Letter to Canadian Authorities [Irish sample, below]:

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca

 

Minister Stephane Dion

Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario,K1A 0A6
stephane.dion@parl.gc.ca

 

                                                                                                                                                                         [DATE]

 

Request for intervention to secure the Immediate Release of Professor Homa Hoodfar

 

I/We are writing to ask respectfully for your intervention for the immediate release of Professor Homa Hoodfar, a world-re-known Canadian-Iranian scholar who was arrested in Iran and is believed to be held in Tehran’s Evin prison.

For the past 25 years, Professor Hoodfar has made significant scholarly contributions to build bridges of understanding through Middle Eastern Studies at McGill and Concordia Universities in Canada. She is the author of numerous books and articles, specializing in gender and family issues.

I/We are writing to express our deep concern for her safety and frustration over her detention in Iran. Professor Hoodfar went to Iran to visit her family earlier this year. On March 9, 2016, she was taken in for interrogation and her passports, computer and other things confiscated. Since then Professor Hoodfar has been subjected to repeated interrogations and accusations, for which no evidence has been presented. She was once again summoned for interrogation on 6 June 2016, and then imprisoned without due process.

Neither her lawyer nor her family have been granted permission to visit her or provide her medication. She suffers from a rare neurological condition – myasthenia gravis – that requires close medical supervision and medication. Furthermore, their inquiries about the reason for her arrest and the charges against her have remained unanswered.

I/We are deeply troubled by the manner in which Professor Hoodfar has been treated, and worry about her declining health. Additionally, Prof Hoodfar has a number of ongoing academic obligations in Canada, including graduate students who depend on her guidance to complete their degrees.

I/we urge the Government of Canada to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of this distinguished scholar, and achieve her immediate release and safe return to Canada.

Sincerely,

[Name]

[Affiliation]

[Country]

 

Guiding notes

  1. Please do not add any other details, or alter the message
  2. Please replace all text in bold with appropriate information
  3. Please write to each person separately
  4. Please delete irrelevant option in bold (and convert prefered option to regular black font) text depending on whether you are writing as an individual or institution
  5. If you are writing on behalf of an institution, please send the letter on your letterhead
  6. For each letter, please bccFreeHoma@gn.apc.org.

Thank You

 

 

Sample Letter to Irish Authorities:

 

President Michael D. Higgins

Aras an Uachtarain

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland

Tel:  +353 (0) 1 617 1000

Email: info@president.ie

Twitter: @PresidentIRL

 

Minister Charles Flanagan

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 (0) 1 408 2000

Email: charles.flanagan@oir.ie

 

Mr. Alireza Feizollahi
Tehran Honorary Consul

Honorary Consul of Ireland
S.J. Assadabadi Avenue
Corner of 50th Street, No. 2/6, First Floor, Tehran, Iran

Phone: +98 21 8804 1925
E-mail: feizollahi@arfconsult.com

 

                                                                                                                                                                                 [DATE]

 

Request for intervention to secure the Immediate Release of Professor Homa Hoodfar

 

I/We are writing to ask respectfully for your intervention for the immediate release of Prof. Homa Hoodfar, a world re-known scholar who was arrested in Iran and is believed to be held in Tehran’s Evin prison.

For the past 30 years, Professor Hoodfar, who is an Irish national, has made significant scholarly contributions to build bridges of understanding through Middle Eastern Studies at McGill and Concordia Universities in Canada. She is the author of numerous books and articles, specializing in gender and family issues.

I/We are writing to express our deep concern for her safety and frustration over her detention in Iran. Professor Hoodfar went to Iran to visit her family earlier this year. On March 9, 2016, she was taken in for interrogation and her passports, computer and other things confiscated. Since then Professor Hoodfar has been subjected to repeated interrogations and accusations, for which no evidence has been presented. She was once again summoned for interrogation on 6 June 2016, and then imprisoned without due process.

Neither her lawyer nor her family have been granted permission to visit her or provide her medication. She suffers from a rare neurological condition – myasthenia gravis – that requires close medical supervision and medication. Furthermore, their inquiries about the reason for her arrest and the charges against her have remained unanswered. Furthermore, Prof Hoodfar has a number of ongoing academic obligations in Canada, including graduate students who depend on her guidance to complete their degrees.

I/We are deeply troubled by the manner in which Professor Hoodfar has been treated, and worry about her declining health.

I/We urge the Government of Ireland to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of this distinguished scholar, and achieve her immediate release and safe return to Canada.

Sincerely,

 

[Name] [Affiliation]

[Country]

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Ending violence against women (VAW)/gender-based violence (GBV) is a key area of our work at Shirkat Gah. Many initiatives focus on raising awareness around the multiple facets of VAW/GBV to bring it to the forefront of the public’s consciousness. We work to change ground realities for women in their communities and advocate for appropriate laws and policies that help overcome it. Our activities involve a large number of people from all backgrounds.

 

One of the most disturbing issues in the fight for equal rights for women is the issue of land rights. In Pakistan few women, especially in rural areas, inherit land. Even when they do, it is usually half of what their brothers inherit. In rural areas, women are generally discouraged from owning and controlling land. Ownership of land by women is discouraged through social intimidation, They are told they must dedicate themselves to the service of God by giving up worldly possessions, mainly land inheritances, or they are killed in the name of “honour” if they protest. Women are also forced into arranged marriages within families so that the men can control the property.

 

Shirkat Gah has extensively researched women’s land and inheritance rights and has compiled a paper on the topic, which is available to be read here (HYPERLINK TO STUDY in the publications section). This paper has been accepted as the country chapter for Pakistan as part of the Women’s Inheritance and Property Rights (WIPR) Project (HYPERLINK). This project functions under the Women Reclaiming and Redefining Culture project. We have also reviewed the Sindh Government’s 2008 scheme to distribute state land among landless women and haris, the first scheme of its kind targeting landless women.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND LIVELIHOOD

To understand the impact of climate change on women, Shirkat Gah conducted field based research in four villages of District Shaheed Benazirabad in Sindh. We wanted to find out how women perceive climate change and how it has affected them, and communicate it to policymakers. The findings were not unexpected.

Women contribute to the finances for the running of their families in rural areas. They are also responsible for raising children, cleaning their homes, cooking, working in the fields, collecting fuel wood and walking great distances to bring fresh water for home usage. They deal with natural resources on a regular basis and this is why they are the ones most impacted by climate change and environmental degradation. It adds to their sense of dispossession. Additionally, ever since the availability of free fuel wood has stopped, women are being forced to use dung cakes and dried cotton stalks as fuel to make food and heat water. This is causing many eye infections and other health hazards.

 

Increased temperature and changing weather patterns have negatively impacted crop cycles and yields, which push farmers to use pesticides excessively. The frustration and the anger generated from these losses is largely taken out on women. Women who work in the fields also see a decrease in their wages due to lesser opportunities of farm work. In this context, Shirkat Gah has initiated awareness activities in various communities across provinces that make women aware of their vulnerability in the face of climate change. Natural resource management and sustainability are exemplified in our “ChangaChulha” (fuel efficient stoves), fruit tree plantations, organic vegetable gardens and other such campaigns.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) have now been accepted as one of the most important aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. With the United Nations specifically including them in the post-MDG agenda, Shirkat Gah’s meaningful advocacy and awareness work highlighting different aspects of SRHR in Pakistan is more important than ever. As part of our SRHR  work,  the Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership, (WHRAP), promotes advocacy for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of marginalized women in South Asia. It brings together civil society organisations, specifically organisations led by women, from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to find evidence and advocate for change in laws pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In 2006 – 2010, WHRAP reached out to stakeholders across these countries to:

  • Help grassroots women to understand their rights and demand accountability;
  • Increase the responsiveness of healthcare providers and health systems;
  • Achieve greater visibility of sexual and reproductive health and rights and maternal health issues; and
  • Understand the monitoring role being played by the media.

WHRAP built the capacity of 160,000 women in monitoring health systems and demanding their rights and changes in the health systems with more confidence.

As part of this project, Shirkat Gah formed 40 groups of young women across three provinces – Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, focusing on women’s reproductive health. Forty introductory orientation sessions were held in which 956 women participated.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Shirkat Gah believes in continuous transfer of knowledge and empowering the people we work with through trainings and capacity building sessions. Our field trainings have empowered hundreds of women to become master trainers under our Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) projects and under our Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratization (WELDD)(HYPERLINK: weldd.org) programme. They are respectively referred to as Champions and Leaders in their communities. We regularly engage activists, civil society organizations and other stakeholders in thematically cross-cutting capacity building sessions as well that are based on the thematic areas of our work. The focus areas for our trainings are:

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • Personal status laws;
  • The need for important legal documents (birth certificates, death certificates, nikahnama, CNIC ec)
  • Human rights, civic duties, responsibilities and rights
  • Gender;
  • Organizational management; and
  • Climate change and environment

 

At Shirkat Gah, we support and empower Community Based Organizations (CBO) for improving local governance, making state functionaries more responsive to people’s needs and holding them accountable for providing adequate civic services. For this reason, Shirkat Gah’s District Advocacy Groups (DAG) function in 13 cities across Pakistan to work as liaison offices, training centers and local hubs where local CBO representatives, media personnel, lawyers, minorities, youth and government duty bearers can meet to discuss women/development issues of the local population at village and Union Council level to district, provincial and national level.

The presence of DAGs has helped Shirkat Gah staff train hundreds of women, men and children under SG thematic areas of Rights, Governance, Environment and Livelihoods e.g. women’s health, legal rights, livelihood and essential official documents (National Identity Cards, birth, marriage and divorce registration and land rights of women), culturally justified violence against women, early age marriage etc.

Presently, 13 DAGs are operational in the following cities:

Punjab

Muzaffargarh, Vehari, Nankana Sahib, Multan, Kasur

Sindh

Shahdad Kot, Hyderabad, Sukkur

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Swat, Charsadda, Mardan, Peshawar

Balochistan

Jaffarabad