The journalist Masih Alinejad started a movement on social media with very real repercussions for the enforcement of religious dress for women in Iran. It now has over 2000 participants
Prior to the 1979 revolution in Iran, religious dress was only worn by the devout and orthodox.
Picture: Women before the 1979 Revolution. Historybuff.com
Since the revolution, wearing a hijab in public became compulsory for women, and women caught in public without the proper clothing are punished with imprisonment and are often beaten by the religious morality police.
Use of social media in Iran for rebellion has been well established since the Green Revolution in 2009-10 over Iranian elections. Once again it is playing a roll in subversion of the Iranian theocracy. My Stealthy Freedom is a group begun in 2014 by Masih Alinejad. Alinejad defied the law that made wearing a hi-jab mandatory for women in public. Alinejad posted a selfie online of herself with her head uncovered. Since that day, thousands of women in Iran have joined her in the subversive act. The Facebook timeline of My Stealthy Freedom boasts over 2000 photos from users.
Here are some of the brilliant images that My Stealthy Freedom facebook page has given indy100 permission to share:
Speaking to the Women in the World summit, Alinejad said this:
Being a woman in Iran means you have to break the law
Video: Women in the World/YouTube
The Facebook page for her campaign has over a million likes and in 2015 the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy awarded Alinejad for her work on women's rights. She encourages all women in Iran, including tourists who are also subjected to the law, to keep posting their photos in this simple act of defiance.