Going out in public without covering your hair has been an offense punishable by law for women in Iran since 1979. The law is enforced pretty heavily and many women are arrested or fined by police if they fail to cover up with the attire considered “appropriate,” according to Metro News.
However, brave Iranian women have begun openly defying this law, creating the Facebook group My Stealthy Freedom. The group features pictures of women exposing their hair in joyful rebellion. The page has already received over 800,000 likes, demonstrating major support for this movement.
These women are great examples of solidarity against oppressive and outdated rules. Hopefully, the Iranian government will recognize the need to do away with the law, and make wearing a hijab optional.
The government has already made steps in the right direction. Earlier this year, a draft law that would give greater powers to Iran's police and volunteer militias to enforce women's compulsory wearing of the veil was rejected and deemed unconstitutional. The law also aimed to place responsibility on employers to ensure hijab is observed by workers, with companies facing fines for non-compliance, according to Yahoo News. The council has sent the law back to parliament for amendment.