Monday, May 26, 2014

Following My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران

My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران

This week I have been closely following My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران and I have their site on my notifications and I re-post their pictures often.

This morning was one of the most shocking things I've watched. Maybe because I've been re-posting these women's pictures and communicating with a few of them. They look so free and happy!

I went to bed last night uneasy and worried- 

 could this become violent, this mini-revolution of removing their hijab and posting their picture-
flaunting the Iranian government dress laws. A woman's head must be covered- for them it is law.

I awoke to check my Facebook thinking- they've been up a whole day ahead of me- I bet there's some great  photos (of course I'm thinking more happy pictures!).

So I open up and there's a video. Here's the link to the video on the original site it was posted: Tavaana توانا: آموزشکده جامعه مدنی ایران  A warning: it's tough to watch and listen to and I've decided on a link rather than the video because this is supposed to be a happy and uplifting blog so the choice is up to you to find it.  Granted it's 9 months old, but I gather from other comments that this is business as usual, especially as warm summer months appear and people wear lighter clothes.  The screaming was enough to unnerve me! Apparently this woman was dragged off the streets by Morality Police who are out in mass in the beginning of summer and she was arrested for not wearing her hijab properly- mind you- not for not wearing it!

I'm asking for anyone that this touches to please re-post this and follow My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران  themselves and re-post their pictures.

 If enough of us care maybe we CAN make a difference.

Perhaps even contacting anyone in government that might be able to influence things. I posted to Chelsea Clinton's Facebook site.

Politically if we were to pressure the Iranian government to relax their Modesty Laws 
I believe it could have a positive ripple effect. It might seem unimportant to some, but granting freedom to the women to choose their dress and encouraging a more Moderate government could have positive results in other areas. It could even go so far to improve our relations with this people, after all the women must be almost half the population and obviously many do want to be free.

 And I'm not talking about a freedom against the hijab, but the freedom to choose, because many might choose to wear it for religious reasons. But wouldn't it be more beautiful if it was freely worn? 

Let us show these women our support in however ways we can from small to large- just "I'm with you" in the comments and the country you're from is great!

I think change can come about if everyone supports these women on Facebook and elsewhere in the media and alerting our politicians that we do care! Because of the worldwide spread of internet and Facebook, Internationally we are starting to see Governments and even rebellious Terrorists respond to worldwide media attention to situations (like in the taking of the African girls- the group that took them are responding to the world-wide attention, whether this is to the good in this instance remains to be seen). 

All our efforts count, even the small ones, like drops in the ocean they might seem small and insignificant but I believe that with all of us saying a resounding "No" to this Modesty Law and supporting the women in Iran that change can and will be made.

Just because they are on another side of this planet does not mean they do not count or are not important.

We live such sheltered lives here in America. To help make a change for the better for others is such a small thing we can do with hopefully large repercussions- just re-post and support their posts of themselves being so BRAVE!

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