Iranian authorities are warning women against openly defying the country’s mandatory headscarf law.
Legal threats and warnings have been issued in subways, airports, and other public places, and text messages have targeted drivers with women not wearing the hijab in their vehicles. Despite the warnings, there has been a notable increase of open defiance from Iranians both young and old.
Women are pushing back for more freedom in Iran and a better future for their daughters. This follows months of protests over the September death of 22-year-old Masha Amini in the custody of the country’s morality police, for wearing her hijab too loosely.
Currently, Iran and neighboring Taliban controlled Afghanistan are the only countries where the hijab remains mandatory for women.