A social media rebellion

What happened when this Iranian journalist took off her hijab

She lives in exile now, but has inspired similar acts of defiance from women who still live in Iran and are compelled to cover their hair

Masih Alinejad was born and raised in Iran, and grew up wearing the hijab from infancy through adulthood. But three years ago, she became fed up with the idea of the compulsory hijab and posted a photo of herself online showing her not wearing a headscarf. At the Women in the World Canada Summit, the intrepid journalist in exile shared her story with Diana Swain, senior investigative correspondent for CBC News. Alinejad discussed how that fateful photo spawned the founding a social movement that is inspiring the women of Iran to defy the law and risk everything by performing similar acts of personal rebellion. Watch the full video and higlights of the “My Stealthy Freedom” panel above.

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