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Iranian Women Are Posting Hijab-Free Photos for ‘Stealthy Freedoms’

Conservatives in Iran are continuing to stand for harsh penalties and long jail times for Iranian women who go into public without the hijab—the traditional scarf required by Iranian law. In fact, a huge rally in Tehran was organized to campaign for even stricter penalties. However, Masih Alinejad, an exiled Iranian journalist, is pushing back through Facebook. She’s created a page called “Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women,” in which Iranians post pictures of themselves without their hijab. It’s a dangerous enterprise, as such photos come with strict punishments, but it’s popular too. It launched on May 3, and already has more than 160,000 likes. “Those who participated in the protest rally [in Tehran] have their own official media,” Alinejad told IranWire, “But the 40,000 [now more than 160,000] who follow the Facebook page don’t have an official voice. This page is a chance for them to tell their stories” …

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