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Young women fight hijab law

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Women have been protesting the mandatory hijab law in Iran this past month by taking off their hijab’s and waving them from the end of a stick in public areas. Protestors are fighting the Iranian obligatory dress code for women that makes it illegal for women not to wear a headscarf in public spaces.

In Tehran, Iran’s capital, there has been up to 29 arrests for people participating in the demonstration. “This is a campaign that’s been going on for years and years. The women of Iran have long been ignored. “We’re just giving them a platform.” said Masih Alinejad in his interview with CNN. Alinejad is a U.S. based Iranian activist behind “White Wednesday,” a social media movement fighting against compulsory hijab laws.

How glorious and meaningful it would be if these young women held the key to the liberation of this land from dictatorship.”

— Hossien Vahdani

Recently there was a relaxation on many of the hijab laws with some punishments lessened to only small fines. This has caused many of the younger generations to push farther in disbanding the law in its entirety. Despite the easing of laws, many activists participating in the rebellions are being punished with arrests and prison sentences.

In spite of this risk on their lives, many young women have chosen to continue in their protest with new women going out and waving their hijabs every day.

Hossien Vahdani, an Iranian writer, tweeted, “How glorious and meaningful it would be if these young women held the key to the liberation of this land from dictatorship.”

 

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Emma Rasmussen is a senior at Sartell High School. She has an affinity for the arts, such as writing and painting. Her favorite musicians are Elton John, A Tribe Called Quest, and Jimi Hendrix. Emma is a Taurus. Her favorite movie is either V for Vendetta or Full Metal Jacket. She enjoys current events and...
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