wnol.info July 20 2018

Iran's hijab protest catches on

July 20 2018, 06:57 | Irvin Gilbert

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Young women standing tall and proud on the streets of Iran with their hair uncovered, defiantly waving their discarded headscarves on the end of sticks and in direct violation of the country's strict laws that force women to cover their hair.

Movahedi became a symbol of defiance after she stood on a metal utilities box on a busy street in the Iranian capital on December 27 and silently waved a white scarf from a stick to challenge the obligation since Iran's 1979 revolution for women to wear head scarves.

Other women followed suit with similar acts to protest the compulsory headscarf rule.

The images show women copying the courageous stance of defiance as he first woman arrested - Vida Movahed.

Mohaved's identity was concealed until Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, announced on her Facebook page that Movahed had been released on Sunday (January 28).

One woman who was said to have been arrested and was identified as Narguess Hosseini, stood at the same spot as Movahedi.

In late December, police said they would no longer arrest women for failing to observe the code.

Since Ms Movahed's release, there has been an explosion of young women on social media following in her footsteps and the images are now spreading like insane.

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A hashtag about the movement, which can be translated to #GirlsofRevolutionStreet, was also trending on Iranian Twitter.

The wearing of headscarves by Iranian women has been obligatory since Iran's Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Women who appear in public without the obligatory hijab can face fines and prison sentences ranging from 10 days to two months. A growing number of women, predominantly in Tehran, have begun refusing to wear a hijab while driving, arguing that a auto is a private space where they can dress more freely.

The Girl of Enghelab Street, nicknamed so because of the name of the road where she took her head-scarf off in protest, has spurred many other women in Iran to do the same.

It sees women post "stealth" photos or videos of themselves where they have dared to take off their hijab, to spread the message and protest.

The woman, reportedly a 31-year-old mother, broke the law by exposing her hair in public, risking arrest and fines.

"Many Iranian women are fed up with this hijab rule and now we are seeing them take to the streets".

The Islamic code also forbids women touching, dancing or singing with men outside their families.

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