Iranian Protests Against Hijab Laws

Sara Khademalsharieh: That name may not be familiar to you, but she is one voice of many women in Iran today. She recently competed at an international chess tournament without a hijab against the laws of the Iranian Republic as a sign of protest. Similarly, within the sports industry, the Iranian team refused to sing their national anthem during the first World Cup Game as an act of protest. This fight for rights began with the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being brutally beaten by a police force because she allegedly violated the Islamic Republic’s dress code for women. This incident led to an eruption of Iranian protests such as in movie scenes where actresses are portrayed without their hijab, as well as the powerful actions mentioned earlier. The removal of the hijab symbolizes their determination and strength in standing up to the government after being mistreated. These protests undoubtedly were ignited by the tragedy of an innocent woman who lost her life without any motive to protest. Many women are constantly protesting and burning hijabs but still getting arrested, such as famous Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti. She starred in many famous movies, using her large platform and following to protest the regime. This fight for freedom is an ongoing battle women are still persisting in against the Iranian government until they rest their brutality surrounding hijab laws.

Photo from Unsplash- Habib Dhadkha

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