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Iranian Women Are Showing Off Their Hair As An Act Of Protest And It Is A Very Big Deal

This is a remarkably beautiful act of bravery.
by Ali Velez

This is Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist who is an advocate and activist for religious freedom and women’s rights.

Since 1979, all women in Iran are required to cover their hair in public.

In 2014, approximately 3.6 million women in Iran were warned, fined, or arrested by the morality police for inappropriate dress, according to Esmail Ahmadi-Maghaddam, Head of the national security forces in Iran.

Growing up in Iran, Masih saw her older brother as a symbol of the freedom she did not have.
“How he was free to run in a green, lovely farm without head scarf.”

Today, she is constantly impressed by the diversity and freedom she sees around her, living 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?”

Masih started to post photos of herself with and without her hijab on Facebook. Soon, others started to send her their own photos.
Inspired, Masih began the Facebook group, My Stealthy Freedom. With over 803,000 followers, the page has become a site of quiet and courageous protest.
A woman showing her hair is still a punishable crime in Iran.
Still, thousands of women and girls bravely stand up for freedom, and support each other.
Even many women who choose to cover their heads for religious reasons, support freedom of choice over the compulsory Hijab.


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