Who is she?


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
Iranian hijab protester: Where is she?

By Georgina Rannard BBC UGC and Social News

  • 23 January 2018

    Image copyright Unknown Image caption The image of the young woman was posted on social media a day before the protests began A woman who became the face of protests in Iran last December is the subject of a new social media campaign in the country.

Images of the woman, whose name remains unknown, defiantly taking off and waving her white headscarf - a punishable offence - in central Tehran were shared thousands of times during anti-establishment protests at the end of last year.
Now, Iranians are asking: Where is she?

On Monday, earlier reports that the female protester was arrested on 27 December were confirmed to BBC Persian by human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who added the protester is 31 years old and mother to a 20-month-old child.

Reference http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-42788549
May 9, 2004
این مال چند سال پیشه مال تظاهرات اخیر نیست
همچنین با تجربیات این جانب در چهره شناسی می توانم بگویم این دختر از اصول کرد است !!ا


Feb 5, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Reportedly she has been arrested since that day and never seen again. All for waving a white scarf quietly...!
What a shame but then again, what do you expect from a bunch of mokney Achounds. I would like to apologize because comparing a Monkey to an Achound is disrespectful, to the monkey! Then they wonder why people are protesting in the streets what a shame. Too bad what I predicted with a few of my friends is happening. They are going to use the Army to kill people. I predict that around every decade, we will have these uprisings but nothing will come out of it. I remember the last one in 09 vividly for this reason. In the Navy, when you are in boot camp, you do not get any news about the outside world. They informed us about a possible revolution in Iran because well, it could have directly impacted us. Of course, at the end it died. This is the best part, the Achounds like Khamenei will blame others, "the agents of the West," yet he will never take responsibility himself. They are the masters of propaganda and they are able to quickly play the role of the victim, when they are the instigators and aggressors. I am sorry I do not know her name but I have seen this picture before.


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
TeamMeli jaan, your feelings are heartfelt and genuine. It is difficult not to get discouraged sometimes, at the same time, as the saying goes it is always the darkest just before dawn. A darkness has encompassed Iran for a long time. The only way to fight darkness is by spreading light, which is hope, which is love and fellowship. Keep the faith, Light will prevail over darkness.

I don't know it it's true, but I've heard her name is Vida Movahhed and she has a 20 months old baby. The agents of darkness want people to forget about these individuals and go about their daily lives of working three jobs to make ends meet, yet they persevere to look out for one another and keep caring for one another. Such brave woman, alone and undaunted to make such small, quiet, yet so profound protest against the plight of women in Iran, the cradle of civilization and tolerance, the birthplace of charter of human rights, half of its population cannot even decide how to dress and must submit to the state. The veil, for long a symbol of subjugation of women still persists!

Also the other woman whose picture became a symbol of the recent uprising was arrested and her fate is unknown. Many have died in prison, under torture and brutality of the elements of the regime who blindly follow the wish of their masters against their own conscience. Force, violence, threats will not endure...


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
Reportedly more brave women are coming out to do the same thing. I think this is one of the best ways to defeat this long overdue symbol of subjugation of women!


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
Iran frees woman who took off headscarf - lawyer

29 January 2018

The woman became the face of protests in Iran late last year

An Iranian woman detained after defiantly taking off her headscarf and holding it on a stick in Tehran has been freed, a human rights lawyer says.

The woman - whose name remains unknown - became the face of protests in the country in December, and images of her were widely shared on social media.

Iranian officials have so far made no public comments on the issue.

Meanwhile, images of another three women repeating the act have gone viral after appearing on social media.

The three unidentified women were also protesting in the capital - one at what appeared to be the same spot as the woman pictured in December.

How do Iranians defy the internet censors?
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What did the lawyer say about the protester?
Nasrin Sotoudeh said she had seen an official dossier that showed the woman had been released.

"The girl of the Enghelab Avenue has been released", Mrs Sotoudeh, a former political prisoner, wrote in a post on her Facebook page (in Persian) on Sunday.

She was referring to the avenue where the woman took off her headscarf - a punishable offence in Iran.

The lawyer said she had gone to the prosecutor's office to follow up the woman's case and had learned of her release the previous day.

"I hope they don't fabricate a legal case to harm her for using her basic rights," Mrs Sotoudeh wrote. "She has not done anything wrong to deserve prosecution."

The woman is believed to be the 31-year-old mother of a toddler.

How have Iranians reacted?
The woman has been the subject of a social media campaign in Iran following the anti-establishment protests at the end of last year in which at least 20 people died.

A hashtag in Persian asking about her whereabouts - and English-language equivalents #where_is_she and #WhereIsShe - have been used thousands of times on Twitter, as well as on other social media channels used in the country where dissent is often met with repression.

Iranian hijab protester: Where is she?
The photograph of the woman was first widely used in connection to the White Wednesday campaign in which women in Iran wear white to protest against the country's strict dress code.

Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, women have been forced to cover their hair according to Islamic law on modesty.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42858394


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
This is beautiful and must dumbfound the Islamic republic...

Women who willingly wear the hijab bravely defy Iranian authorities to oppose the compulsory headscarf as the regime cracks down on growing protests

Women in chador supporting protests against compulsory hijab in Iran
Dozens of women have been seen bravely taking off headscarves in public
Police are cracking down on protests, imposing large bails on women arrested
Two women are known to have been arrested by police after protesting
Vida Movahed, whose protest went viral, was held in a Tehran jail for a month

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...omen-chador-supports-anti-hijab-protests.html


Football Legend
Oct 19, 2002
It is so beautiful to watch that other girls have followed Dokhtare Enghelab girl's symbolic protest. So brave of them.

These are other girls who also got unveiled in public in the past 2 days. :) temp-2.jpg temp-1.jpg temp-5.jpg


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
Wow, all so brave. Apparently yesterday on Revolution street Narges Hosseini was arrested for doing this and taken to Gharachak prison. In there, she still refused to accept a chador (very brave). The authorities have seized this opportunity to make some money and issued a 500 million Toman bond for her release. I hope people keep her and her family in their thoughts and prayers too.

There have been numerous similar show of support from many women and men too. The most beautiful one that I saw was from a very old lady who barely could walk with a cane, she climbed the ledge of a water fountain in a city square, proceeded to take off her white veil, tie it on her cane and then wave it around while standing with her snow white hair showing...it was so brave and so beautiful. If anyone has the link and know where it was, please post it.

Next I would not be surprised to see them coordinate their efforts and simaltaneouslly all stand on these posts on city corners at a given time, all at the same time. Or if they see one doing this protest, for others to follow spontaneously. That would be fantastic. I would also not surprised at all to see this commemorated in a future free Iran when everyone will do this as a reminder for the price paid for freedom....

Once again women lead the way for change and progress in Iran. Who would have guessed that those sidelined for years by the Islamic republic and treated as second class citizens will be the very cause of bringing the regime to its knees? In the end, it is not the atomic bombs, the missiles, special forces, neither will it violence, angry slogans and burning things in the streets, but the simple act of a woman standing quietly on a post, waving her head scarf that shakes the foundation of the Islamic republic!!


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
Iranian police arrest 29 for involvement in hijab protests

(CNN)Police in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have arrested 29 people for their involvement in protests against the country's compulsory headscarf law.

Women across Iran have been removing their headscarves in public to protest Iran's strict Islamic dress code. Videos and photos shared on social media have shown demonstrators standing on utility boxes on street sidewalks, defiantly waving their hijabs.
Tehran police suggested that their actions were incited by foreigners, saying those arrested were "deceived" into removing their hijabs, Iran's semiofficial Tasnim News Agency reported. The 29 protesters been transferred to judicial authorities, the report said.
Masih Alinejad, the Iranian activist behind the "White Wednesday" social media campaign against mandatory hijabs, who is now based in the US, told CNN that the movement has not been influenced from abroad.
Iranian students protesting at the University of Tehran on December 30.
Iranian students protesting at the University of Tehran on December 30.
"The movement started inside Iran. It has nothing to do with forces outside of Iran," Alinejad said.
"This is a campaign that's been going on for years and years. The women of Iran have long been ignored. We're just giving them a platform."
News of the arrests came just days after the release of Vida Mohaved, a woman who was detained in December after removing her headscarf at an anti-regime protest.
The wave of anti-goverment demonstrations last month was sparked by concerns over rising living costs and a stagnant economy, but also provided an opening for Iranian women to push for equal rights. Women have been required to wear the hijab since he Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Mohaved attracted attention during the demonstrations when a video of her protesting went viral. The footage shows Mohaved waving her white hijab defiantly from the end of a pole, her black hair flowing uncovered.
In recent months, enforcement of the law banning the hijab has been relaxed. In the past, women who allowed their hijab to slip could be admonished by the religious police, but these forces have been less prominent under the regime of President Hassan Rouhani.
Authorities also announced that women driving with improper head coverings would no longer be arrested, and instead receive a relatively small fine.

Lookback: A week of protests in Iran 02:06
The easing of the enforcement has emboldened younger women to become more defiant, but recent incidents in which they have removed their hijabs in protest could still lead to prison sentences.
Soheila Jaloodarzadeh, a female member of the Iranian Parliament, said on Wednesday during an event on women's rights that the protests were the conclusion of years of restrictions, the semiofficial Ilna news agency reported.
"When we restrict women, and put them under unnecessary pressure, exactly this is the reason for rebellions," Jaloodarzadeh said, according to Ilna. "This is the reason... the daughters of Revolution Street are putting their headscarves on a stick."
CNN's Sara Mazloumsaki, Natalie Gallon, and Euan McKirdy contributed to this report.



Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
Deeper coverage with more details on charges and the amount of bond...

Iran arrests 29 women for not wearing hijab in protests

Iran has cracked down on women violating its compulsory headscarf decree, arresting at least 29 individuals, according to Iranian media, and drawing criticism from activists and rights groups.

Tasnim news agency reported on Friday that 29 women had been arrested, and quoted Tehran police as saying that the detainees were arrested for "disturbing public security".

It was unclear where else arrests had been made, as protests have spread from the capital to other areas, including the ancient cities of Esfahan and Shiraz.

The mandatory headscarf, or hijab, has been in place in Iran since 1979, after the Iranian revolution and the installation of Ayatollah Khomeini as Supreme Leader.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Iranian women have protested against the law.

In recent weeks, following a new wave of protests in the country, women renewed their opposition to the law, taking off their hijabs in public and waving them on wooden sticks like flags.

Holly Dagres, an Iranian-American analyst, said Iranian authorities are "very much aware" that more than half of the population is against wearing the hijab.

"It's evident by the fact that the morality police are on constant patrol of the streets of major cities like Tehran," Dagres told Al Jazeera.

"Authorities know that if they don't crack down, Iranian women will continue to test the boundaries of what they can and cannot wear."

Dagres said that more arrests were likely to spur solidarity with the campaign.

'Small acts of resistance'
While hijab protests are not new, Dagres told Al Jazeera that recent rallies were inspired by a lone female demonstrator, who stood on a busy pavement in central Tehran waving her white headscarf on a wooden stick.

The image of the woman spread on social media.

Her case attracted more attention when she was reportedly detained by police in late January. She was later released on bail, according to the Iran Human Rights group.

In another viral video, an elderly woman was shown struggling to walk in a snow-covered park, then clambering up an idle fountain to wave her white scarf in the air.

Iran Human Rights said that another woman, who also protested, had been transferred to a prison south of Tehran, and that she is being held on bail set at $135,000.

On Wednesday, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, Iran's chief prosecutor, had denounced the protests as "childish", suggesting that individuals from outside Iran are inciting the movement.

Under Iran's law, a woman who does not wear a hijab in public could face jail time or fines.

While only a few of Iran's more than 80 million people have joined in the headscarf protest, social media applications such as Telegram and Instagram have helped spread the news quickly.

Some hijab-supporting Iranian women back the protests.

One Iranian woman, wearing the traditional black outer garment, or chador, was seen standing on top of a utility box in the corner of a busy Iranian street expressing solidarity.

Omid Memarian, a US-based Iranian journalist who was once imprisoned in Iran, wrote on social media that the fight against forced hijab "is not about whether the hijab is good or bad. It's about choice and equality. It's about dignity".

So far, the protest still lacks momentum for Iran's authorities to consider amending the hijab law, said Dagres.

"At the same time, movements always start as small acts of resistance. If these protests gain traction, we might see a shift," she said.

She added that when it comes to women's rights in Iran, amendments to the marriage and divorce laws need greater attention.



Feb 5, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
I am behind the brave women of Iran and this beautifu doktar engelab or revolutionary girl. Unfortunately, as Meahdoost's article mentioned what I predicted came true. The only thing that is going to happen is more women will get arrested. What happened to the protests in Iran are they still going on or after the Haji Government sent in the Army to slaughter people they gave up? You are not hearing much about it in the US, except when Trump briefly mentioned we stand by the people of Iran. The only thing they are discussing are the memo, Muller and Russia, at nausea and it's asinine becuase I want coverage of Iran. American media sucks, oy vey, L'Chaim(hint hint).
Jul 5, 2009
South Dakota
The question of headscarf "To be or Not to be" has been an unsolved issue and divided this nation barely for the 100 of years in its known history, it goes "take it off and pull it on, forcibly", and as I see it the same issue will maintain the same nation over the next 1000 years to come...."take it off and pull it on", "pull it on and take it off!".
And all of these because of malfeasances and lack of respect towards each other and each one's beliefs and opinions in and among the same nation.

These fella will eventually get there, its a matter of time.
God bless and good Luck!


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
Iran president Rouhani takes on hardliners over lifting of the veil

Tehran: The office of Iran's president Sunday charged into the middle of one of the most contentious debates over the character of the Islamic Republic, suddenly releasing a three-year-old report showing that nearly half of Iranians wanted an end to the requirement that women cover their heads in public.

The report's release comes as dozens of women in recent weeks have protested in public against being forced to wear the veil, a symbol of Iran's revolution as much as it is deemed a religious requirement.

The decision to release the report — which found that 49.8 per cent of Iranians, both women and men, consider the Islamic veil a private matter and think the government should have no say in it — appears to pit President Hassan Rouhani directly against Iran's hard-line judiciary, which on Friday said that 29 people had been detained in connection with the protests. They have called the demonstrations "childish", insist that the large majority of Iranians support Islamic veiling and have called for harsher measures against those protesting the veil.

At least as striking as the report's findings was the timing of its release. The study is from 2014, and publishing it now suggests that the president saw this as a moment to challenge the hard-liners, who hold ultimate power, about such a symbolically potent issue.
Observers said the release of the report, by one of Rouhani's closest advisers, was probably a politically calculated decision by the president, an Islamic cleric, to bolster support for social reforms and to signal to the authorities to temper their response to the veil protests.

A woman in Iran holds her veil on a stick to protest against the requirement that women cover their heads in public.
Photo: Facebook

"The government wants to show that any crackdown against the veil is illegal and not democratic," said Fazel Meybodi, a reformist cleric from the city of Qom. "Anyway, crackdowns and punishment are not a part of Islam."
Rouhani, a moderate compared to Iran's hard-liners, decades ago prided himself on having been the one responsible for introducing the law on the compulsory Islamic veil. But since his election as president in 2013, and continuing after his re-election last year, he has called for more freedoms for Iranians.
"Mr President wants to be popular, and his team knows that an increasing number of women do not like the Islamic code of dress," said Farshad Ghorbanpour, a political analyst close to the government. "They want to woo the women and make sure the popularity of the president does not diminish even further."
Rouhani's adviser who released the report, Hesameddin Ashna, heads the Center for Strategic Studies, a government research group that in 2014 conducted a nationwide survey of public opinion about the compulsory Islamic veil.

Armin Navabi
An elderly woman in #Iran joins the protest against forced #hijab.
She has difficulty walking. But that doesn't stop her from showing her support.#IranianProtests #حجاب_اجبارى #دختران_خیابان_انقلاب

One of the women who protested on the street last week by taking off her scarf, and who requested anonymity out of fear of being arrested, said that the report was helpful, but that it did not go far enough. Women are demanding full freedom, the 28-year-old woman said, adding that the report showed that many people agreed with that view.

This past week, dozens of women made the same symbolic gesture and shared their actions on social media: taking off their headscarves in public and waving them on a stick. They were emulating a young woman who had climbed onto a utility box on December 27, removed her scarf and was subsequently arrested. Activists say she has since been released, but she still has not resurfaced in public.

The protests, while small in number, are nevertheless significant as a rare public sign that dissatisfaction with certain Islamic laws governing personal conduct may have reached a tipping point in Iran.
The first protest in December took place on a Wednesday and seemed connected to the White Wednesday campaign, an initiative by Masih Alinejad, an exiled Iranian journalist and activist living in the United States. Alinejad has reached out to Iranian women on Persian-language satellite television, through social media and through a website she runs called My Stealthy Freedom. On the website, women post images of themselves without headscarves, demanding an end to the compulsory headscarf law.

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist living in the US, is encouraging women to campaign against the edict.
Photo: Supplied

The Islamic headscarf, or hijab, is seen by Iranian ideologues as a pillar of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The law regarding the scarf has been enforced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and a headscarf is obligatory for every woman in the country, even tourists and visiting foreign dignitaries.
Although women are subject to broader laws on matters like divorce and inheritance, the hijab is a highly public symbol of the rules imposed by Iran's clerical leaders. Rules are also imposed on men, who are not allowed to wear shorts in public.
Many Iranians now resent such restrictions as the country has grown more secular, and are increasingly flouting them.
Recent unrest in Iran has also erupted over economic concerns, which fueled the anti-government protests that roiled the country late last year.
The weeklong demonstrations across Iran, centred in religiously conservative, working-class towns and cities rather than Tehran, were the broadest display of discontent since the Green Movement protests in 2009 after a disputed presidential election.
The outpouring of anger was directed not only at Rouhani, who won re-election promising to revitalise the economy, but also at the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Nearly 5000 protesters were detained and 25 were killed — some of them, families of the victims say, at the hands of their jailers.

Source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/wo...over-lifting-of-the-veil-20180205-p4yzf2.html


Bench Warmer
Sep 4, 2005
It is clear that the Islamic republic, indeed the Islamic doctrine, sees the veil as a central and essential feature, non-negotiable and unalterable. Many of the mullahs, including the seemingly "moderates" like KHatami, Rouhani, etc. are seen boasting about their opposition to non-veiled women and how they forced them in the beginning of the revolution to wear the veil before they were admitted into gatherings and meetings. Reluctantly women complied to be included, and now it is become the norm that even the slightest deviation is met with severe penalties. The veil is very central to the regime and such simple, peaceful and quiet resistance to it may be the linchpin of the regime that unravels it. Wouldn't that be a poetic justice!