The bravery of Iranian women in the face of misogynist clerics who impose compulsory hijab on them is simply awe-inspiring. Over the course of our campaign, we have received countless videos from many Iranian women overtly walking unveiled in front of clerics in Iran. Despite being verbally attacked and humiliated by these clerics, these women continued their combat and filmed their experience. Such humiliation has been ongoing for more than 40 years now. What we have done is to relay these women’s heroic fight to the entire world so that the world becomes aware of fact that hijab is not merely a piece of cloth. In the hands of dictators, it can deprive women of their agency. Here is a selection of 13 women who fight the verbal abuse of 13 clerics and walk unveiled despite the threats.

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Their bravery is awe-inspiring. Despite the risk of getting arrested, these women openly opposed the compulsory hijab in Iran. Their names Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arab-Shahi and Mojgan Keshavarz.

Imagine being jailed for defending the most basic freedom: Freedom to choose what to wear! Elsewhere in the world, these women would have been celebrated for their commitment to women’s rights and feminism.

But in Iran, authorities have sentenced them to years of prison and they are being treated like criminals. As the world is presently grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, let’s not forget about these brave souls who are languishing in prison. Because freedom is not free.The international community should not turn a blind eye to the situation of these women. When female politicians visit Iran and submit to the compulsory hijab (under the pretext that it is the “Iranian culture”), they are also justifying the authorities’ repression of Iranian women. After all, compulsion has never been part of Iranian culture. Rather, it is the hallmark of a repressive and authoritarian system called the Islamic Republic, which has killed tens of thousands of Iranians fighting for freedom.

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The Islamic Republic last month handed out prison sentences totaling 109 years to six White Wednesdays campaigners to break our movement against compulsory hijab. In this fight, both the hard-liners and reformists are united against the women.

Saba Kordafshari, an energetic and optimistic 20-year-old was sentenced to 24 years in prison. She received 15 years for removing her hijab in public and another nine years for “spreading propaganda against the state,” and “assembly and collusion.”

“It is inhumane and extraordinarily cruel to sentence women who only removed their hijab as part of peaceful civil disobedience to these long prison terms,” said Masih Alinejad, founder of White Wednesdays campaign against compulsory hijab. “For Islamic Republic, it seems unveiled women are more dangerous than armed criminals and drug dealers. But the regime has failed to break the spirit and tenacity of Iranian women who continue to resist these oppressive laws.”

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White Wednesdays activist Saba Kordafshari, 22, was sentenced to a total of 24 years in prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court for demanding an end to compulsory hijab laws.

The trial was held on August 19 and the court’s ruling was delivered to his lawyer, Hossein Taj, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, according to Hrana news site.

Kordafshari was sentenced to 15years in prison on charges of “spreading corruption and prostitution and walking without a veil.” She received 1.5 years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the system” and 7.5 years for “collusion against national security.”

Korkdafashari has been under arrest in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison since June 1.

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Tehran’s head of revolutionary court said women who send Masih Alinejad videos risk jail sentence up to 10 years of jail.

This is part of regime’s campaign intimidation to control women and impose its bad laws. The regime is scared of the women who have embarked on a campaign of civil disobedience. I’ll keep going and spread the voices of people as long as I keep receiving videos

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