In Iran, women are forced to wear the hijab veil, whether they like to or not. If they don't, they run the risk of an official warning, a fine, or they may even face arrest. In 2014, Iran's morality police warned, fined, or arrested 3.6 million women for the crime they call "inappropriate dress". An Iranian journalist and activist living in the States, Masih Alinejad, believes this sort of policing is wrong. She has started an internet campaign, called "My Stealthly Freedom" which encourages Iranian women to send in photographs of their hair flowing freely, minus hijab. In an interview with Vox, Alinejad sums up her reasoning, "My mother wants to wear a scarf. I don't want to wear a scarf. Iran should be for both of us." Read on to find out more about the "silent" campaign and to see some of the uplifting and brave submissions from Iranian women…
Masih Alinejad hates that Iranian women are forced to wear the hijab.
"As a kid, my brother was a symbol of freedom that I didn't have. How he was free to run in a green, lovely farm."
"Two women with head scarves and two women without head scarves. Look at how they are free!"
Alinejad decided to make her point by posting pictures of herself with and without a hijab online. Others soon followed, posting their own pictures, and starting what is now a campaign called "My Stealthy Freedom".
"Some of the pictures come from young girls saying that they just want to feel the wind in their hair. It's a simple demand."
"My mother wants to wear a scarf. I don't want to wear a scarf. Iran should be for both of us."
"My Stealthy Freedom" the Facebook group, already has 820,000 followers.
Check out some of the submissions to the campaign below…
And check out this video detailing more about the campaign below: