My Stealthy Freedom

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This Facebook page, with over 8,82,700 followers, is where Iranian women post photos of themselves removing their headscarves in public. Under Islamic law in force in Iran since the 1979 revolution, women must wear a loose scarf, known as a hijab, that covers the head and neck and which conceals their hair. The moderator, Masih Alinejad, 38, got the idea in May 2014 when she posted some old pictures of herself without a headscarf in Iran, and asked online if other women had ever done the same. She received thousands of photos, videos, and messages from women who had defied the law. Despite being called a spy by hardliners in Iran, Masih persists, stirring the conscience of humanity to support the struggle of Iranian women for basic rights, freedom and equality. Her latest posts include women coming together to support the Iranian women’s football captain Niloufar Ardalan whose husband did not allow her to participate in an international tournament in September 2015. Masih works as a journalist in the US and has won many awards for her work, including the Women’s Rights Award at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.