Once again, social media has become the launching board for political protest. Iranian women are taking to Facebook to protest wearing the veil. They are taking selfies without their veils on their heads, which is illegal. Iranian women are not allowed to remove their veils in public or they can receive up to 70 lashes and 60 days in prison.
It’s ironic because Facebook itself is illegal in Iran, despite the 4 million Iranians who use it daily.
Masih Alinejad is the admin of the Facebook page “Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women” where women are posting their illegal selfies – it has around 82,000 likes.
Encouraged to take off their veils in a private place, the women mention how strange it feels to have the wind in their hair or talk about how they love to take the hijab off because it was never their choice to put it on:
The hashtag #MyStealthyFreedom allows the women to connect and unite on Facebook and other social media. How will the Iranian government respond to this direct protest on social media?