Why Iranian women are posting pictures of their uncovered hair | Singapore Informer

Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist and advocate for religious freedom and women’s rights. She is the moderator of My Stealthy Freedom, a Facebook group that has more than 800,000 followers. There, she and other Iranian women post photos of themselves removing their headscarves in public — a quiet but brave protest against the Iranian laws that govern not just their clothing, but the way they practice their religion. This video is her story. 

Iranian law requires women and girls over the age of 7 to wear a headscarf called a hijab, which covers their hair, ears, and neck, whenever they are out in public. Going out uncovered — or even wearing a headscarf that is too loose — can lead to punishment. According to the Iranian government, 3.6 million women were warned, fined, or arrested in 2014 for “crimes against public prudency and morality,” which are most often dress code violations.

The headscarf law was passed in 1983, a few years after the Islamic Revolution. For the conservative clerics who lead Iran, requiring women to wear the hijab is part of enforcing compliance with Islamic law. And for many Iranian women, wearing the hijab is an important religious practice, as well as a way to dress modestly and appropriately. But many Iranian women have no such belief. To them, the law’s requirement that they wear the hijab anyway feels unjust and oppressive. 

Alinejad was one of them. She felt frustrated by the hijab requirement from the time she was first forced to wear it at the age of 7.  Alinejad was raised in a religiously conservative family, and her female relatives all believed women…

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