Wearing the Islamic hijab veil is mandatory for women in Iran, and in 2014, Iran’s morality police warned, fined or arrested 3.6 million women for inappropriate dress. Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist living in the U.S., wants to change this, and she’s started by inviting Iranian women to send in pictures of themselves enjoying their unveiled hair.
Alinejad makes her points beautifully in an interview with Vox; “My mother wants to wear a scarf. I don’t want to wear a scarf. Iran should be for both of us.” Read on for more of her story!
Last year, 3.6 million women in Iran were warned, fined or arrested for not wearing hijabs
Masih Alinejad protested by inviting women to share pics of themselves without their veils
“As a kid, my brother was a symbol of freedom that I didn’t have. How he was free to run in a green lovely farm”
“Two women with head scarves, and two women without head scarves. Look at how they are free!”
After she posted her own photos with and without a hijab veil, others followed suite
“Some of the pictures come from young girls saying that they just want to feel the wind in their hair. It’s a simple demand”
“My mother wants to wear a scarf. I don’t want to wear a scarf. Iran should be for both of us.”
Alinejad’s Facebook group, My Stealthy Freedom, already has more than 820,000 followers silently protesting Iran’s hijab law
Check out this video to learn more about My Stealthy Freedom: