Appearing across almost all social medias, powerful images have been released of Iranian women not wearing headscarves, rebelling against the law that forces them to do so. It’s even gotten to the point where these women are being arrested.
It’s been no doubt that women’s rights in Iran have been completely unfair. There’s a law that forbids from watching ANY men’s sport games in stadiums. This includes the national obsession, volleyball.
The ban on women in sports stadiums is emblematic of the repression of women across the country. Women confront serious discrimination on issues such as marriage, divorce, and child custody. Women have been sent to jail for publicly speaking out in favor of equal rights for women. Because the government wants Iran’s population to grow, it’s even moving to ban voluntary medical procedures women can undergo to avoid becoming pregnant. And that’s just the beginning. (www.hrw.org)
The protests have spread since an Iranian women, Vida Mohaved, was arrested this past December by authorities for removing her headscarf during a wave of anti-regime.
In recent months, enforcement of the law — first enacted after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 — has been relaxed. In the past, women who allowed their hijab to slip could be admonished by the religious police, but these forces have been less prominent under the regime of President Hassan Rouhani. (Euan McKirdy)
Once again, the world may take a few steps forward, but then far many more back. What do you want to see more of next? Let us know in the comments below!