Des femmes ôtent leur voile
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 have been 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, she says in a film published by Vox.
“How he was free to run in a green, lovely farm without headscarf,” she says in the video.
Today, she is constantly impressed by the diversity and freedom she sees around her, living in the United States.
“I love that!” she says. “Two women with headscarves, 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?”
Alinejad started to post photos of herself with and without her hijab on Facebook. Soon, others started to send her their own photos.
Inspired, Alinejad 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.
Alinejad points out that there are also many photos of Iranian men who support the movement.
Many of the messages she receives from young Iranian women express their desire to “feel the wind through their hair. It’s a simple demand.”
Unfortunately, Alinejad adds, “To be like this is forbidden in Iran.”