Results for - White Wednesdays
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1. Masih Alinejad, leader of the #WhiteWednesdays movement, is one of the most impactful women's rights activists of our time. For several years, her call to resist the compulsory hijab law in Iran has seen many brave women do exactly that, even at the risk of being fined or arrested, and post these pictures on Instagram. White Wednesday is in reference to the white headscarves many wore, just before taking them off, and the day of the week it was initially done on. Alinejad has paid a high price for letting her hair down and criticizing her government. She's been sentenced to prison, fled her native Iran and is unable to see her family. If she returned, she would be sentenced to death. She has also been attacked on social media, had death threats, calls for rape, had acid thrown at her, and endured many more attacks. Yet, she still keeps a prominent social media profile, speaking out and rallying other women to do the same. She has become a bit of a media darling, with her wild long hair seemingly a direct slap in the face to the tyrannical Iranian regime that enforces compulsory hijab and punishes those who don't submit with lengthy prison sentences, and even death. Are you aware of this woman, and what is going on in Iran?
Aware of what is going on in Iran
Aware of this woman and the White Wednesday movement
2. Her 2018 book, "The Wind In MY Hair" tells her story, and it is a fascinating one at that. She grew up in poverty, in a strictly religious rural family, and from a young age was defiant against the injustices she witnessed. She was in prison while still in her teens as a result of her activism. Her story has become such an inspiration to thousands of women (and the men who supported these women) to take off their hijabs and headscarves, post pictures and defy this restrictive compulsory headscarf rule. Do you support what she is doing?
3. One of her followers, a young woman named Shaparak Shajarizadeh fled Iran shortly after she was released on "bail" to say goodbye to her family, before returning to prison to endure a minimum 18 months in prison for removing her headscarf in public. She fled with her young son, leaving her husband behind. After she fled, her lawyer, also a woman was arrested and is being detained in prison without any formal charges laid (as of December 2018). She has settled in Toronto, and is actively working for human rights, most notably with former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. She has faced online verbal abuse from the Iranian government and officials, calling her everything from a "whore" to a "traitor against her own people", threatening her family with violence and death threats and even rape threats. And she is only one of many women who face similar prosecution. Do you admire these women who still actively campaign for human rights even when faced with these attacks?
4. I have personally met both of these amazing women, and consider them both friends. I promised myself I would mention their story, although I am not sure how many here will realize what risks these two (and many others) face by simply doing what they are doing. Do you understand what they have given up, in order to campaign for the rights of women in their homeland?
12/10/2019 News 2339 52 By: Harriet56