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Where is she? Campaign grows to find Iran hijab protester

The unnamed woman who took her hijab off in public and waved it like a white flag in central Tehran, was protesting the Islamic dress code enforced on women in Iran.

The woman, reportedly a 31-year-old mother, broke the law by exposing her hair in public, risking arrest and fines.  

The Girl of Enghelab Street, nicknamed so because of the name of the road where she took her head-scarf off in protest, has spurred many other women in Iran to do the same. 

Missing: The unnamed woman was taking part in a women’s movement called White Wednesdays, which protests the enforcing of strict Islamic dress codes in Iran

Since her protest on December 27, she has become a symbol for Iranian women’s fight against compulsory hijab, with many sharing the video of her protest on social media and illustrations of her brave stand.

She has become the ‘poster child’ for the White Wednesdays movement, which encourages Iranian women and those who support their plight to take off their hijab, and was started by journalist and campaigner Masih Alinejad.

White is one of the most common colours of headscarves in Iran, which only allows ‘modest’ shades such as white, brown or black. 

Another campaign fighting against the enforced hijab in Iran set up by Ms Alinejad is My Stealthy Freedom. 

It is ‘dedicated to Iranian women inside the country who want to share their “stealthily” taken photos without the veil’, and aim to be a ‘living archive’ of their fight.

Movement: Supporters have been sharing graphic illustrations of the Girl of Enghelab Street, painting a picture of her as an iconic fighter for women's rights in Iran

Movement: Supporters have been sharing graphic illustrations of the Girl of Enghelab Street, painting a picture of her as an iconic fighter for women’s rights in Iran

It sees women post ‘stealth’ photos or videos of themselves where they have dared to take off their hijab, to spread the message and protest. 

Some women film themselves walking down public streets without their headscarf to show to the world the amount of abuse they face if they dare show their hair. 

Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has required women to wear the Islamic headscarf in public.

The Islamic code also forbids women touching, dancing or singing with men outside their families.

Women are only allowed to show their face, hands and feet in public and are supposed to wear only modest colours. 

Leader: The Girl of Enghelab Street is being depicted as Moses in the Bible, parting the Red Sea

Leader: The Girl of Enghelab Street is being depicted as Moses in the Bible, parting the Red Sea

This image shared on social media shows a person in an unknown location having built a snow statue of the Girl of Enghelab Street

This image shared on social media shows a person in an unknown location having built a snow statue of the Girl of Enghelab Street



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