Iran,  Women's Rights

Stealthy freedoms of Iranian women

A small but meaningful rebellion against repression and for women’s rights:

Golnaz Esfandiari, who blogs about Iran for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, reports on a Facebook page where Iranian women can post photos of themselves unveiled in outdoor settings– a violation of the law of the Islamic Republic.

Esfandiari writes:

The hijab became compulsory following the 1979 revolution and the creation of the Islamic republic. For more than three decades, women in Iran have been wearing the veil: some voluntarily, many under threat of harassment by police, as well as fines and arrests.

Women who have posted their photos without the veil on a public page could be arrested for breaking the law. But they don’t seem to care. They appear happy about their brief moments of freedom and defiance.

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