Iranian Women Are Taking to Facebook to Protest Against Compulsory Hijabs (VICE article)

“Since May, the Facebook page “My Stealthy Freedom” has gained more than 770,000 “likes” — of which more than 514,000 are from users based in Iran. Countless women have sent in personal stories accompanied by photos or videos of them shaking their hair in the wind. Some turn from the camera, but others face it straight on. Passport-style photos of young women wearing hijab paired with hijab-free offerings, the contrast startling.

“Being a woman in Iran means that there is always some kind of pressure inside you, at the age of seven you are banned from showing your hair. If you want to go to school you have to cover your hair, and when you want to sing, singing solo is forbidden for women as well,” 38-year-old Alinejad told VICE News. “When I was in Iran I used to create a moment of freedom in any public place when I didn’t see the police around, and I called it ‘my stealthy freedom’,” she added, explaining how the page got its moniker.”

“Human rights is not thinking about the majority. If there is one single woman that is suffering from rights abuse you have to be their voice. I know that there are a lot of women that believe in hijab, but compulsory hijab [still] affects those women who believe in hijab, and those men who are not forced to wear hijab. Because compulsory hijab can make a separation between families, and creates tension. There are a lot of women, just because of the way they dress they judge each other. Hijab affects men as well because it’s an insult to men because it says men can not control themselves.”


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