This year’s ‘National Day of Hijab and Chastity’ in Iran was unusual in more ways than one. On July 12, Iranian women took to the streets and publicly removed their veils as a sign of protest against the country’s hijab rules. They also posted their videos on social media.
Masih Alinejab, a US-based Iranian journalist and activist, tweeted her video supporting the Iran hijab protest and wrote, “As we promised! We remove our hijabs and I hope everyone joins us. Forcing women to wear hijab is not part of Iranian’s culture. It is the culture of the Taliban, ISIS and the Islamic Republic. Enough is enough. #No2Hijab”
As we promised!
We remove our hijabs and I hope everyone joins us.
Forcing women to wear hijab is not part of Iranian’s culture. It is the culture of Taliban, ISIS and Islamic Republic. Enough is enough.
— Masih Alinejad.
Alinejab launched the ‘My Stealthy Freedom’ campaign on Facebook in 2014, where she shared the pictures of unveiled women sent to her.
For months, protests against the hijab have been gaining traction in the republic. Human rights foundations had urged women to use ‘#No2Hijab’ on social media, along with the videos. Iran’s high inflation, low pensions and unpaid wages added fuel to the fire.