Iranian Women Are Protesting Against Compulsory Hijab By Showing Off Their Hair
All women in Iran are forced to wear hijab, if they don’t cover themselves properly it is a crime, and they will be punished.
Iranian women are being attacked everyday by Islamic government because of the way they dress.
Every woman who enters Iran has to dress according to Islamic rules regardless of personal nationality or religion.
Many people in Iran wish to leave their country, not because they don’t love their homeland, most Iranians are proud and love Iran, but they want to live somewhere they can be free, have a choice of whether or not they want to wear a hijab.
“My Stealthy Freedom” is a Facebook page against compulsory hijab, created by Masih Alinejad, who is an Iranian journalist and writer. An advocate and activist for religious freedom and women’s rights, Masih started to post photos of herself with and without her hijab on Facebook. Soon, others started to send her their own photos.
She grow up in a traditional family in a small town north of Iran, where her mother and all of her sisters wore the hijab, Masih decided to not wear one anymore and it wasn’t an easy choice, “When I left Iran, the significance of wearing the hijab was just a way to connect with my family. That was all. Now, I believe that a lot of women who wear the hijab have the same problem as me. They don’t believe in the hijab as a religious matter, but they wear it because they see themselves as connected to the society in which they grew up. Many women in Iran have the desire to ‘feel the wind through their hair.’ It’s a simple demand.”
Masih always saw her older brother as a symbol of the freedom she did not have growing up in Iran. “How he was free to run in a green, lovely farm without head scarf.”
She is happy and impressed to see so much freedom and diversity in the United States “I love that! Two women with head scarves, and two women without head scarves. Look at how they are free! They just, you know, walk past each other without judging each other. Without getting arrested by the morality police. Isn’t that beautiful?”
She mentioned in the video as she was being interviewed (video below) “Iran is for all Iranians. Iran is me and my mother. My mother wants to wear a scarf, I don’t want to wear a scarf, Iran should be for both of us.”