Swathes of men in Iran are posting pictures of themselves wearing a hijab as part of a campaign protesting against a law that makes it compulsory for women to wear them.
The #MenInHijab campaign was created by online social movement My Stealthy Freedom, which was started by Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad in 2014. The campaign aims to show solidarity with women who have been forced to cover their hair in public since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Hundreds of images have been posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram showing men wearing scarves accompanied by female relatives.
“We are not against the hijab. If you want to wear it, you should wear it. Women in Iran don’t have a choice,” Alinejad told The Huffington Post. “There are people who say ‘This is a cultural issue, we shouldn’t get involved.’ No. This is a human rights issue. We must not be silent.”
چالش حجاب اجباري به خانواده ها كشيده شد. اين عكس را فرستاده و كوتاه نوشته كه اگر مردان مي خواهند در مورد حجاب اجباري نظر بدهند خوب است محدوديت ما را تجربه كنند. نوشته : جاي ما باشيد هرگز نمي خنديد... زير سايه ي اجبار... Nowadays, many families in Iran are joining the #MenInHijab campaign to challenge the foundations of the compulsary veil law. One of our followers who sent us this photo wrote the following: "If certain men want to force women to wear the veil, or if they want to make decisions on behalf of women in our society, why don't they try the veil on themselves first to see how it really feels? If these men were in our shoes, I don't think any of them would be smiling under the shackles of obligation" #مردان_باحجاب #meninhijab
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For a world with freedom and respect to everyone. Women should be able to chose. This is unnatural. #meninhijab #politics #humanrights A photo posted by Bernat Añaños Martínez (@verdgris) on
Islamic law dictates that in any public place women must cover their heads with a headscarf, wear trousers or a floor length skirt, and a long-sleeved tunic or coat that reaches to mid-thigh or knee. The country has 'morality police' called Gashte Ershad on patrol who have the power to chastise or arrest women who aren't appropriately covering their hair or for wearing bright colours and make up.