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Standing up for Change

Jan. 30, 2018

 A woman to look up to.

In Iran wearing the veil is still the only way to be a safe and respectable woman. In fact, women can be arrested for publicly flouting the Islamic requirement that they cover their hair. This woman has in effect, created her own "plinth", to gain respect for her right to dress as she pleases.

According to an article in the New York Times yesterday by THOMAS ERDBRINK this brave young woman was the first of several such demonstrations of dissatisfaction at being forced to wear clothing dictated by the state religion.

' The first protest in December took place on a Wednesday and seemed connected to the White Wednesday campaign, an initiative by Masih Alinejad, an exiled Iranian journalist and activist living in the United States. Ms. Alinejad has reached out to Iranian women on Persian-language satellite television and through social media, and via a website she runs called My Stealthy Freedom. On the website, women post images of themselves without head scarves, demanding an end to the compulsory head scarf law.'

Mojtaba Nariman‏ @mojtaba_nariman