My Stealthy Freedom: Fighting Iran’s hijab rules | DW News

“It’s a punishable crime to be unveiled
in public according to the Sharia laws in Iran. You get lashes you get jailed and fined. But more important than this you won’t be
allowed to get an education from the age of seven. If you take off your headscarf you won’t be
allowed to get a job. You won’t be allowed to live in your own
country.” “My campaign was born from a simple picture. It was a picture of me running in a beautiful
street in London. It was spring, May the trees were full of
blossoms. And I wrote a caption on my picture that every
time what I wanted in a free country and I feel the wind wading through my hair it just
reminds me of the time when my hair was like a hostage in the hands of the Iranian government.” “I asked the women whether they want to share
pictures with me, stealthy moments of freedom with me. I was bombarded by pictures from them inside
Iran being unveiled.” “So I created my Stealthy Freedom page on
Facebook which now has more than a million followers, on Instagram more than a million
followers. And it’s all about freedom. It’s all about dignity. It’s all about choice.” “I grew up in a small village which is close
to Caspian Sea. When I get homesick, the only thing that makes
me feel home and happy is just going to nature. Climbing a tree, going to mountain or walking
the seaside. It just reminds me of home.” “Our kitchen in the village are designed for
women, because it’s shorter, women are shorter than men, so I remember I said to my brother,
I know this is short for you but there is a chair, sit down and wash the dishes. So this picture actually shows that I started
my feminism movement, my feminist revolution from my kitchen. That is important for women; we have to start
being a rebel in our house.” “My mother never had the chance to go to school,
to university, never. She is not even able to read and write, but
to me she is the true feminist.” “My father, he stopped talking to me. He doesn’t support me; he thinks that I
am against Islam, against my own country, that I am betraying my country. But I think these are all happening because
the government really brainwashed people like my father, otherwise my father loves me.” “When I was a student I got kicked out from
my high school, just because of my opinion. And then I became a journalist, a parliamentary
journalist, I got kicked out from the MPs, because I exposed a corruption. I became a columnist, then again, because
I criticized the president of Iran. It was just a week before the controversial
elections in Iran in 2009 – my car got vandalized in Iran and two of my journalistic cards were
under my vehicle wheel, so that was a message for me that this is going to happen to you,
as well.” “I decided to just leave the country.” “I launched My Stealthy Freedom but after
3 years it was everywhere – so the president of Iran knew about it, talked about it, all
the media around the world, the media inside Iran, state TV, clerics and I thought, oh
my God, now is the time – we have to shift the online movement to something offline – these
people need to identify each other. In 2017 I decided to pick a day, pick a color,
and help these people to identify each other in public.” “Women on these ‘White Wednesdays’ are
lonely soldiers, lonely warriors, I call it a one person demonstration, because they never
have the permission to take the street, they will be shot, they will be send to prison,
they will be tortured, they are brave, they found their way to protest against oppression.” “This is the time men should get involved
in women’s movement. So I created another campaign, called ‘Men
in Hijab’ ” “The government in Iran wants to control society. Because they know that this generation is
not going to keep silent. They found social media as an alternative
media to express themselves, to be loud and to break the censorship that is why the social
media itself is a threat for Islamic Republic of Iran, so they try to block it. Because they see this is the main battleground. And they don’t want to lose the control.” “I have so many dreams, but the biggest one
is that one day, women in Iran have the power to run the country. My dream is to see women are as equal as men.”

46 thoughts on “My Stealthy Freedom: Fighting Iran’s hijab rules | DW News

  • "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." Princess Leia- Star wars (New hope)

  • Hijab is not a symbol of opression. It is a symbol of devotion to God and modesty. Government that enforces hijab on everyone is an opression.

  • She's got such beautiful hair. She goes from having to cover it up to feeling the need to color it in order to express her feminism…..

  • Just your opinion. Ancient laws protect you. When fallen angels who came down and marry women, the population became corrupted and then destroyed by God. After that, the new population adapted a covering for heads as prescribed by prophets and elders of that time. Until now, there has never been so much corruption of the flesh by different means it is impossible to have a religious view other that what the West prescribed. The New Age Movement is Satanic and maybe we are in Babylon the Great system. Freedom might slavery, New might be old, good might be evil,etc.

  • Don't get fooled people. She's an agent of subversion, on the payroll of the American state department:

  • HIJAB comes from SAUDI ARABIA..
    Do you want to try it on Saudi ???
    I don't think so…..
    OIL is more important….
    Not unless your master, US policy makers will order you to….

  • In Iran you get lashes for everything you do. Everything that has been banned by this government. Every freedom has taken away from the people of Iran specially women. Hejab is just is only one of them. Far most peopLe of of the richest countries of the world are starving. Children as young as 3 years old are working on streets. People of the country with a very natural sources.


  • different culture, different common sense and rules.

    if France and Belgium bans hijab and force women to removes their headscarves, it's a democracy.

    but, if Iran bans bare head, and force women to cover their heads, it's against women's freedom and rights.

    whether we like it or not, Iran is a democratic country. and in the democratic system the majority makes rules.

    it seems that there's no penalties like France in Iran. if Iran fines € 150 like France. selfish law breakers under the name of freedom and rights can not ignore the rights of others by breaking the law.

  • I’m from Iran.

    I don’t really like the government for spending away all of Iran’s money in Syria, Hezbollah, etc.

    But I still support the Sharia laws, including enforcing hijab. This is part of Islam and all Muslims must support this.

    I hope Iran never does away with this and secularize, as our Saudi neighbors have done.

  • My suggestion for World-Hijab-Day: sit in public while reading a book or magazin critical of Islam. Just to set an example.

  • It's sad how the descendants of the Persian Empire, who by Greek accounts are too liberal for their liking, are now mentally colonized into accepting among the most archaic and repressive of laws in the world.

    Women in the Persian Empire were said to have more freedom than those in the West. Now they're no different to Saudi Arab women.

  • There are laws and regulations in every country and the citizens have to follow it; not everyone will like all the laws but to say breaking the law in a country is freedom somehow; that’s stupidity. Corruption exists everywhere. Your country is going through hardships because it refuses to please the super powers (USA&the rest) and stand with the helpless (Palestinians, Lebanese etc); so you should be proud of that and not critical of it. ITS THE SANCTIONS NOT CORRUPTION.

  • You are invited to speakers corner in West London to share your thoughts about women and Islam. Please meet Raj on arrival


    In Today's Modern World, making Hijab compulsory is Condemnable. I think it should not be Compulsory.

    This is a clear case of Gender Discrimination. This Forceful Suppression is Restriction on Freedom of Expression & Self Esteem.

    So what Women should do …. All the Women who are Against Hijab must PROTEST STRONGLY in front of RELIGIONS LEADERS, POLITICIANS, MEDIA & PUBLIC………… Asking ……………….. To put a similar VERY STRICT BAN ON …..MEN SHAVING AND TRIMMING THEIR BEARD…… Yes in the same manner Women are asked to wear Hijab ………. There should be a STRICT BAN ON MAN SHAVING / TRIMMING THEIR BEARD.

    Believe me this will be VERY VERY EFFECTIVE.

  • Masih you are brave. Without violence you are creating awareness, instigating change and helping others to follow. Follow the path to freedom. I admire you.
    "Pick a day, pick a color" fabulous! Your movement can inspire others to use creative and necessary ways to fight oppression or whatever it is that's stopping anyone to be free.

  • Love and respect form Zoroastrians of India. We are rooting for you. And commend your bravery.
    Persian Genetic intelligence at work here.

  • Good luck, dealing with the religious fanatics there. 9 year old girls can marry there legally too. Sad, but true. Free Iran!

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