Iranian Women Are Posting Pictures Of Their Hair Down To Protest Strict Hijab Laws

They want freedom.

If you're a woman in Iran, covering your head with a head scarf, or hijab, isn't just a religious ritual — it's the law. And if they don't abide by that law, which came to fruition during the 1979 revolution, they could be even be arrested. 

Women have protested the hijab law before, even with sweet dance moves, but now they're taking to social media, starting with a group on Facebook called My Stealthy Freedom. Masih Alinejad, an Iranian Journalist now living in Brooklyn, wants women in Iran to have the freedom to choose to cover up or not and started the page to get them to tell their stories.

And that's exactly what they did. 

The page contains photos and videos of women showing off their hair, without any headscarves.

They have one goal: "The right for individual Iranian women to choose whether they want hijab."

Many women choose to wear the hijab for religious or cultural reasons and they shouldn't be judged for that any more than American women be judged for their personal choices, like wearing makeup or different style clothing. The key is to give Iranian women the freedom to choose.

Until that happens, the women on the page will share their stories.


Some are holding a sign that reads: 'We believe in the hijab, but he hate compulsory (or forced) hijab.'

While others, Alinejad says, just want to feel the wind in their hair.

'It is as if I will never enjoy the wind blowing through my hair until I could touch this freedom at home,' one writes.

Though the country has a long way to go, there has been some progress. This past January, the Iranian government rejected a law that would give more power to the police to more strictly enforce the covering up laws, which require all women to at least wear the hijab scarf.

Luckily, it was ruled unconstitutional. 

But as Alinejad points out in a video made by Vox, the issue is anything but black and white.

"Iran is for all Iranians, you cannot just hide one side of Iran and show the other side of Iran and say this is Iran," she says. "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." 

Until the law is struck down and representative of all Iranians, however, expect to see more Iranian women with the wind blowing in their hair — but mostly just in pictures. 

Check out the mini-documentary on Masih Alinejad and her social movement below:


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