Why Iranian women are posting pictures of their uncovered hair
I grew up in a small village. That’s why I think America is too big for me. There are a lot of families in Iran that are not like my family when the compulsory hijab was applied on women some families started to cry for their daughters. As a kid my brother was an example of freedom freedomwas a symbol of freedom that I didn’t have. How was free to run in a green, lovely farm;.
How was free to ride a bicycle in a nice village. my village is the best! Just look at them. I love that Two women with head scarves, and two women without head scarves. look at how they are free. They just, you know, walk past each other without judging each other. Without getting arrested by the morality police. Isn’t that beautiful? I want to see this in my own country.
I started to publish this one: It’s me, and me. So that’s why people started to send their pictures and I ask women to sharing experiences which they did. Women who take pictures of themselves, outside, in Iran without their headscarves which is a punishable crime. every individual story makes me really happy there are a lot of women sending their pictures holding a sign saying that quot;we believe in hijab, but we hate compulsory hijabquot;.
Some of the pictures come from those young girls saying that they just want to feel the wind in their hair. It’s a simple demand. Like this. It’s forbidden. To be like this is forbidden in Iran. They take off their scarf in front of these signs. This is the quot;Proper Islamic Hijabquot; There are a lot of pictures that you can see men supporting women. All the women in my family, they wear hijab. This is not a black and white issue.
All families in Iran are not like my family. There are so many families in Iran who do not believe in compulsory hijab. Iran is for all Iranians. You cannot just hide one side of Iran and say quot;this is Iranquot; This is a lie! Iran is me and my mother. my mother wants to wear a scarf. I do not want to wear a scarf. Iran should be for both of us.
What Islam really says about women Alaa Murabit
So on my way here, the passenger next to me and I had a very interesting conversation during my flight. He told me, quot;It seems like the United States has run out of jobs, because they’re just making some up: cat psychologist, dog whisperer, tornado chaser.quot; A couple of seconds later, he asked me, quot;So what do you do?quot;.
And I was like, quot;Peacebuilder?quot; (Laughter) Every day, I work to amplify the voices of women and to highlight their experiences and their participation in peace processes and conflict resolution, and because of my work, I recognize that the only way to ensure the full participation of women globally is by reclaiming religion.
Now, this matter is vitally important to me. As a young Muslim woman, I am very proud of my faith. It gives me the strength and conviction to do my work every day. It’s the reason I can be here in front of you. But I can’t overlook the damage that has been done in the name of religion, not just my own, but all of the world’s major faiths. The misrepresentation and misuse and manipulation of religious scripture has influenced our social and cultural norms,.
Our laws, our daily lives, to a point where we sometimes don’t recognize it. My parents moved from Libya, North Africa, to Canada in the early 1980s, and I am the middle child of 11 children. Yes, 11. But growing up, I saw my parents, both religiously devout and spiritual people,.
Pray and praise God for their blessings, namely me of course, but among others. (Laughter) They were kind and funny and patient, limitlessly patient, the kind of patience that having 11 kids forces you to have. And they were fair. I was never subjected to religion through a cultural lens. I was treated the same, the same was expected of me.
I was never taught that God judged differently based on gender. And my parents’ understanding of God as a merciful and beneficial friend and provider shaped the way I looked at the world. Now, of course, my upbringing had additional benefits. Being one of 11 children is Diplomacy 101. (Laughter) To this day, I am asked where I went to school, like, quot;Did you go to Kennedy School of Government?quot; and I look at them and I’m like, quot;No,.
I went to the Murabit School of International Affairs.quot; It’s extremely exclusive. You would have to talk to my mom to get in. Lucky for you, she’s here. But being one of 11 children and having 10 siblings teaches you a lot about power structures and alliances. It teaches you focus; you have to talk fast or say less, because you will always get cut off. It teaches you the importance of messaging.