No one is free until everyone is free.
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For years, Iranian women’s voices have not been heard. Why? Because many have feared being mistaken for Islamophobia.
Their voices drown in a sea of reader posts and debates with Muslim girls talking about how liberating the hijab is for them and how the religious garment is optional.
I am glad that so many women are completely free to decide whether they want to wear the hijab or not, but this does not apply to women in Iran. We must dare to talk about this.
Fight against hijab on Twitter
Under the hashtag #LetUsTalk on Twitter, Iranian women share their experiences and traumas with the hijab order that exists in the country. Ever since the Islamic revolution In 1979, women in Iran protested and fought against the hijab order and a number of other rules that discriminate against women.
Unfortunately, Iranian women rarely receive support from Western politicians and feminists. Is it because they are afraid of being politically incorrect? Or do economic benefits and agreements with Islamist countries outweigh the will to fight for human rights?
Rebellion in the media
Earlier this year, the French Senate voted through a bill to ban the use of religious symbols for minors in public spaces. This led to a major uprising in the media and the French authorities received an enormous amount of criticism.
After just a few days, the hashtag #Handsoffmyhijab went viral on several social media platforms.
Where is the same commitment when it comes to the fight against hijab? Can not one fight for both cases? No one should be afraid of being branded as Islamophobic because they want to support women who suffer under an Islamist and misogynistic regime.
Show solidarity with Iranian women
As a girl born in Iran, I get frustrated that “political correctness” should undermine such an important human right as religious freedom.
I miss that more Western politicians and feminists are showing support for Iranian women in the fight against the hijab order and for equality and freedom. I miss that the media covers such issues more often, and gives Iranian women a voice.
Show solidarity, read, and share Iranian women’s stories under #letustalk on Twitter, and listen to their voices! We are not free until everyone is free.
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