Iranian Women Protest Against Compulsory Hijabs on Facebookby The Daily Eye Team March 13 2015, 2:32 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 54 secs
Early last year Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad posted a picture online which showed her staring into a camera, the breeze visibly ruffling her hair. The public photo provoked an instant reaction and an avalanche of messages from women in her home country. The reason: she wasn't wearing a hijab. Since May, the Facebook page "My Stealthy Freedom" has gained more than 770,000 "likes" ? of which more than 514,000 are from users based in Iran. Countless women have sent in personal stories accompanied by photos or videos of them shaking their hair in the wind. Some turn from the camera, but others face it straight on. Passport-style photos of young women wearing hijab paired with hijab-free offerings, the contrast startling. "Being a woman in Iran means that there is always some kind of pressure inside you, at the age of seven you are banned from showing your hair. If you want to go to school you have to cover your hair, and when you want to sing, singing solo is forbidden for women as well," 38-year-old Alinejad told VICE News.