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Why Women In Iran Are Posting Pictures Of Their Uncovered Hair

“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.” – Masih Alinejad

Since 1979 all women in Iran are obliged by law to cover their hair with a hijab. If you aren’t wearing one, you will get fined. In 2014 alone there were over 3.6 million women warned, fined or arrested by the police because they didn’t have enough head coverage.

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist, was done with this rule and decided to take a stand. As a child she didn’t understand why her brother was without hijab and was allowed to run around and she wasn’t. She moved to the States and experienced the freedom of choice women had and she loved it!

“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?”

Masih started to post pictures on Facebook in which she didn’t wear a hijab. She started a trend and soon Iranian women sent her their own pictures without hijab. All this led to the Facebook group, My Stealthy Freedom, which has more than 800,000 followers at the moment. A site that symbolizes a quiet, but very daring protest.


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