World Hijab Day Promotes Visibility, Not Meaningful Progress

by Ruqaya Izzidien Today marks World Hijab Day, in which non-Muslims are invited to wear the hijab for the day to foster religious tolerance and understanding. Though well-meaning, World Hijab Day is a symbolic gesture that deals with only the… Continue Reading  

Iran Sentences Men Who Supported Women’s Protests to Six Years Prison

by Center for Human Rights in Iran Reza Khandan and Farhad Meysami have both been sentenced to six years imprisonment in Iran and banned from leaving the country or engaging in online activities for two years for peacefully protesting the country’s compulsory… Continue Reading  

Evoking Sophia Loren in Iran

by Farideh Farhi When I was a teenager in the 1960s growing up in Tehran, Hollywood had not yet monopolized stardom. We had a number of European stars to swoon and argue over. I myself was a Jean-Paul Belmondo fan.… Continue Reading  

More Women Protest by Removing their Hijabs

by Aida Ghajar The trial of Narges Hosseini, one of Iran’s “Revolution Women,” began on the morning of Saturday, February 24. Hosseini has been charged with “encouraging immorality or prostitution,” “failing to observe hijab” and “flagrant commitment of a forbidden act.”… Continue Reading  

To Veil or Not to Veil—That is a Complex Question

by Sussan Tahmasebi Over the last two years, countless trade and diplomatic delegations have traveled to Iran to kick off economic cooperation in diverse sectors from the auto industry and the gas and oil sector to agriculture. In fact, Iran… Continue Reading