“This is not Iranian culture,” says Masih Alinejad, the U.K.-based Iranian journalist and activist who started the #MyStealthyFreedom campaign against wearing the hijab. “Compulsory hijab is required by a discriminatory law.”
Alinejad launched the award-winning campaign nearly two years ago, but it’s recently drawing attention again after female Air France employees refused to comply with the requirement to wear the hijab when flying to Iran.
Alinejad’s campaign encourages Iranian women—and now tourists—to photograph themselves with uncovered hair and submit it to the Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, a brave move in a country where, as the Daily Dot reported earlier this year, failure to observe strict religious laws can lead to arrest by the Ershad, Iran’s morality police.
In response to the Air France case (now resolved by allowing employees to opt out of working on flights to Tehran), Alinejad asked foreign women visiting Iran to show solidarity with Iranian women by posting pictures of themselves abandoning their hijab, using the hashtag #SeeYouInIranWithoutHijab.