Fighting back after 40 years of the veil

Four decades on from the Islamic Revolution, Iran is a country still in continuous transformation - and the country’s women are in the vanguard of the change

3rd March, 2019
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A young Iranian woman plays at burying her hair in the desert sand, while a friend records the slow-motion sequence on video. The excursions to open spaces far from the cities give a space of freedom to women, removing the obligation to wear the chador that should cover their heads

The great disagreement that Nilufar Teherani had with the worldview that began to dominate in Iran after the Revolution’s victory in 1979 was not the obligatory use of the hijab. She opposed its imposition and often argued in the streets when, during the early years of the Islamic Republic, a person was stopped to be reminded that they had to cover themselves.

Despite this, the true clash came years later when she divorced her...

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