It is five years since Iranian Masih Alinejad started a movement - since joined by thousands of women - protesting against the compulsory wearing of the hijab, or headscarf, in her country. It spread on social media and led to umaghreb-messefrankfurt.comecedented demonstrations in the streets - but is it any closer to achieving its goal? It began with a seemingly innocuous event: a woman driving on a mountain road in Iran, enjoying the simple freedom of feeling the wind in her hair. It is a freedom most women take for granted, but one that Iranian women have been denied since the Islamic Revolution of Masih Alinejad captured this moment in a photograph and five years ago posted it on social media. She then encouraged other women to also share their secret moments of freedom. As a result she was "bombarded" by pictures from women all over the country.
We are going to chop your body and send it to your family.
I ask her if she regrets starting the movement. Since Decembermore than 5 female protesters have been arrested in the capital Tehran alone.
The police have warned that women who participate in demonstrations against the hijab could face up to 10 years in prison. At the end of April, a woman was grabbed and slapped by a female morality police officer in Tehran, on account of her loose headscarf.
This is not a rare occurrence in Iran. The difference was that this time was that is was filmed, and shared via Masih Alinejad's Instagram account.
It was seen by more than million people and attracted over 0, comments. The incident sparked an international outcry. Even Iran's Vice-President for Women's Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, condemned the violence.
???? ? ?? ??? ??. A post shared by Masih Alinejad masih. alinejad on Apr 18, at pm PDT. Niloofar not her real name was arrested for demonstrating against the mandatory hijab.
She says she was held in solitary confinement and subjected to torture and beatings. An active member of the movement who still lives in Iran, she says that through Masih's campaigns "ordinary people get together to make the government react".
Niloofar is convinced that "during the past year, since the White Wednesdays movement started, women have become much bolder and braver". It gives Masih great hope to think that she is making a difference in Iran and she believes that real change is already afoot. According to Shiva Rahbaran, a London-based writer and cultural critic, the Iranian authorities have been unable to stop a growing trend.
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