Women's rights activist Mansoureh Shojaee suggests that Iran sees Mohammadi as a threat, at least in part because she educates the public. "In a country where the establishment would rather have uninformed citizens, her abilities, including her [leadership skills], made the Islamic republic fear her," Shojaee says.
Shojaee recalls her last meeting, in 2010, with Mohammadi, who had been released from prison due to her health problems. "She looked dead," she says, "Her body was numb. She was just lying there."
"She told me something that I would never forget. She said: 'I was unprincipled. I wasn't a good mother. [My daughter] had surgery, she needed me, but I was sent to prison,'" Shojaee tells RFE/RL.
Despite the pressure, Mohammadi refused to abandon her work.
"Those of us who left, including myself, knew that our forced departure would mean one less human rights voice in the country. But Narges stayed to strengthen Iran's rights movement," Shojaee says.
Mohammadi continued to speak out against perceived injustice and defend those in need, including victims of a wave of acid attacks and the mother of a blogger who died in prison after being tortured at the hands of Iranian police tasked with rooting out cybercrime.
She also lent support to the families of prisoners sentenced to death. Ebadi recalls how Mohammadi would stay up all night in front of Evin prison to comfort families whose loved ones were about to be hanged. "I told her a few times not to do it because of her illness," Ebadi says. "'I can’t leave people alone in their pain and suffering,' she would respond."
Shojaee speculates that despite her prison sentence -- made more complicated by a medical condition that causes paralysis -- Mohammadi is unlikely to regret her work. "It's not right for me to speak on behalf of Narges, who was the voice of so many people," she says. "But because I know her, I can say there’s zero regret in her."