Among the posters, according to the campaign’s organizers, are women
living inside the country who voluntarily wear the chador -- the longcloak with a head scarf --
but believe that the hijab shouldn’t be
The activists who launched the campaign describe themselves as “liberaluniversity students and graduates” and say it’s meant to be an express
ionof solidarity with Iranian women, who they say should have the freedomto decide what they wear.Dozens of intellectuals, journalists, activists, artists, religious andsecular Iranians have joined the campaign by posting their pictures onthe Facebook page of the campaign and expressing their opposition tothe mandatory hijab. In just a few days the page has attracted more than10,000 fans.Campaign leader Alireza Kiani told RFE/RL that at least half of the
people who have “liked” the page live i
nside Iran. Kiani, who left Iranabout a year ago, says he was deeply bothered by the constantharassment of Iranian women over their appearance.
“It’s an insult to women but also men,” he says about the mandatory
hijab.Iranian officials claim that women who do not properly cover upthemselves lead men astray. They also maintain that the hijab --especially the chador -- is the best protection for women.