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Women in Iran post empowering videos on social media of themselves not wearing veils on International Women’s Day

By Kyle Jones on March 9, 2017

My Stealthy Freedom, the popular Facebook page run by Masih Alinejad that hosts pictures sent from women in Iran “who want to share their stealthily taken photos without the veil,” has posted a video compiling footage sent in by Iranian women who removed their hijabs in public to honor International Women’s Day.

On March 8, 1979, an estimated 100,000 Iranian women took to the streets of Tehran to protest the enactment of the compulsory hijab. In a video posted to Facebook, Alinejad noted that for this year’s International Women’s Day in Iran, “women are banned from marching in the streets.”

Unable to march, women instead took to Twitter to share posts under the hashtag, #NoForcedHijab. Other women took things still further, sharing images and even video of themselves sans a veil in public.

“Many years ago, women protested against compulsory hijab by rallying in the streets,” said one unveiled woman in a video. “But from that day until today, they are being told that compulsory hijab is not a priority. But to us, it is. The right to choose what we wear is a priority. I choose what is a priority for me.”

A number of men recorded video to send in to the group as well.

“I do not like to force my mother, my sister, or any Iranian women to wear hijab because the sick people who only form about 20 percent of Iranian are now ruling the country,” explained one man.

“What is a priority if my sister or myself cannot choose what to wear?” asked another. “A day will come that even in Iran, women will be able to choose whatever they like to wear. No to compulsory hijab.”

In an email, Alinejad told Women in the World, “I received more than 20 films and more than 50 photos which shows men and women protesting against forced hijab in public.”

Watch her full video below.

These Iranians are doing a punishable crime by protesting agai…

(LE FRANÇAIS SUIT…)#NoToForcedHijabYesterday on March 8, 2017, women were banned from marching in Iran but took to Twitter to continue their protest against compulsory hijab and Islamic rules limiting women's rights.هشت مارس امسال جمعی از کاربران توییتر در سالگرد راهپیمایی بزرگ زنان ایرانی علیه حجاب اجباری به صورت خودجوش هزاران مطلب اعتراضی علیه حجاب اجباری منتشر کردند. در اقدامی دیگر برخی از اعضای کمپین آزادی های یواشکی نیز با ارسال ویدیو در روز هشت مارس اعتراض شان را به حجاب اجباری علنی تر کردند. Some woman went beyond Twitter to make a video of their protest. Walking around the city unveiled. For this one minute video they face jail. It is a punishable crime to go unveiled in public in Iran. In Iran, every year, 3 million women are arrested and warned by the morality police for their "improper hijab". Men also joined in the protest by tweeting and sending videos in support of International Women's Day and against compulsory hijabAll these women are united in their message: No to Compulsory Hijab.#SeeYouInIranWithoutHijab#MyStealthyFreedom#آزادی‌یواشکیEn français / In French:—–#IRAN #LIBERTE #FURTIVE #FEMININE Hier, le 8 mars 2017, des femmes ont été interdites de manifester en Iran et se sont saisies de Twitter pour continuer leur manifestation contre le hijab obligatoire et les lois islamiques restreignant les droits des femmes. Quelques femmes se sont emparées de Twitter pour diffuser une vidéo de leur manifestation, marchant en ville sans être voilées. Elles risquent la prison pour cette vidéo d'une minute. Marcher en public sans être voilée est un crime répréhensible en Iran. Chaque année en Iran, 3 millions de femmes sont arrêtées et verbalisées par la police des mœurs pour leurs "hijabs inadéquats". Des hommes aussi se sont joints à la manifestation et à la mobilisation en tweetant et diffusant des vidéos en soutien à la journée internationales des droits des femmes et contre le hijab obligatoire. Toutes ces femmes sont unies derrière leur message : Non au hijab obligatoire. #NoForcedHijab#SeeYouInIranWithoutHijab#MyStealthyFreedom

Posted by ‎My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران‎ on Thursday, March 9, 2017



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