Stealthy freedom

Iranian women post playful protest videos, driving without mandatory hijabs

Iranian women have been posting videos online of themselves throwing off their headscarves and laughing. (YouTube)

In an act of defiance against the law that requires wearing a hijab while driving, Iranian women have been posting videos online of themselves throwing off their headscarves and laughing. Police warned in November that women caught driving without a veil covering their head could face fines, their car taken to a police compound for a week, and some could face further investigation from judicial authorities.

Exiled Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, 39, shared one of the videos to her ‘My Stealthy Freedom’ Facebook page, which encourages women to share pictures of themselves defying strict dress codes that mandate women cover up in public. The page has almost 1 million followers. In the short video, two women are seen traveling in the front of the car — laughing as one waves her scarf in the air — while a second passenger records the moment, also noting the short skirt of the driver. “The woman who sent this video to us was only an example of a silent majority,” Ms Alinejad told The Independent, explaining that it would be too dangerous for many women to share on such a popular platform.

In November, actress Sadaf Taherian went on the run from Iran after igniting a backlash by posting photos of herself on social media showing her not wearing a hijab.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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