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:
See some of their submissions below!
#2 I Hate All The Fake Hijabs, All The Meaningless Believes Cruelly Forced
#3 I Like Myself And I Will Fight For A Free Life That Is Rightfully Mine
#4 It’s An Amazing Feeling When Wind Tangles Your Hair Under The Blue Sky
#5 Let It Go
#6 Being Yourself Gives Such Wonderful Pleasure
#7 It’s Sad That My Pretty Black Hair’s Going Grey And It Hasn’t Seen The Wind, Sun, Or Rain Yet
#8 Let’s Remove The Veil
#9 Enjoying The Wind Passing Through Our Hair. Something That’s So Obviously A Man’s Right Is Considered An Illegal Offensive Act For Me And My Sister
#10 Hoping For The Ultimate Freedom Of Iranian Women
#11 My heaven is somewhere that I can be free, where others respect my choice
#12 Freedom And Relief On The Altitudes Of 2700 Meters Above Sea Level