Student at the Fine Arts School in Tehran, Atena Farghadani is an Iranian artist and activist for women and children’s rights. She took part in various collective exhibitions, including the Parandegan-e Khak exhibition (Birds of the Earth) about people killed during protests in Iran in 2009.
Atena was first arrested on August 23, 2014 in Tehran, for having met with families of prisoners of opinion and for a cartoon she published on his Facebook account. This cartoon shown Iranian Congressmen represented with animal figures. This cartoon referred to a draft law of criminalization of voluntary sterilization.
After 2 months of imprisonment in Evin, Atena Farghadani was released on November 6, 2014, after paying a very high bail. In December 2014, she shared a video on youtube, showing and denouncing the conditions of her detention in Evin. She is arrested again on January 10, 2015 and transferred to the prison of Gharchak. In June 2015, she is sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison.
Atena began a hunger strike to protest against his detention and mistreatment on February 9, 2015. She is taken to the hospital on February 26 following “a heart attack and a brief loss of consciousness.”
In September 2015, she received the Courage Award in Editorial Cartooning, awarded by Cartoonist Rights Network International (CRNI).
On May 3, 2016, Atena is released after an appeal court in Teheran shortened her sentence. However, she is still threatened with imprisonment for “insulting the Iranian Supreme leader”