posted on 10/02/2022 05:00
(credit: Angela Weiss/AFP)
For Shahrzad Changalvaee, a 38-year-old artist and university professor, a revolution is under way in her home country. “We don’t want this regime to be less harsh, we want it to fall,” the Iranian woman who, in 2013, left Tehran for New York, told the Post. She remembers that her generation spent 25 years trying to make “reforms”, through voting and protests. “The regime is based on discrimination, oppression and segregation. Progress within this corrupt structure is impossible. We want secular laws, based on equality,” he said, on the same day that demonstrations spread across Iran and gained the support of Iranian women in 159 cities around the world.
In yet another cry for Mahsa Amini — the 22-year-old who died after being arrested by Iran’s moral police for not properly wearing her hijab (Islamic veil) — Iranian activist and postdoctoral fellow Forouzan Farahani, 31, shaved her hair. , during a protest outside the headquarters of The New York Times newspaper, last Tuesday. “We Iranians have to cover our hair and body when we start going to school. This is the only way the Islamic Republic does to control our body and our autonomy. I cut my hair in solidarity with women in Iran. I wanted to show that can no longer control our bodies,” he told the Correio. “While shaving my hair, I thought of the oppression. I remembered that a woman was killed for not covering her body and hair. I was sad and nervous.”
In Iran, students gathered yesterday at Enghelab Square (Revolution), near the University of Tehran, to demand the release of colleagues detained the day before. There were also protests in Mashhad, the country’s second most populous city, and in Karaj. Women removed their hijabs and chanted slogans.
Farahani explained that Iranians not only speak out against the compulsory wearing of the hijab, but against a religious oligarchy. “Women face more oppression. That’s why they burn their veils and cut their hair. They don’t ask for change, they ask for a revolution.”