Farah Kaliji was 11 years old when the Islamic Republic officially made it mandatory for women to wear a hijab. She and her family questioned this law and how many of women's rights have been taken away, but never broke it, scared of the consequences.
Why do we have to wear the hijab? I don't want to wear it today
We have no choice, my child. You must wear it.
As she grew older she heard about the things that happened to women that refused to wear a hijab and scared of what would happen to her otherwise, she wore the hijab. So every morning she would cover her self up, and once she had the hijab one she felt miserable.
On a day like no other Farah was walking to the bus station on her way home when she saw a woman who wasn't covered up. A woman dressed in a beautiful lilac shirt, blue jeans and black heels, and her curly hair flowing down her back. Next to her were angry militia but that didn't seem to scare the women. She stood tall and determined as she had a conversation with them.
Farah moved closer to hear the conversation.
As a women, it's disgraceful for you to be walking around without being covered.
GET IN THE CAR NOW!
You can humiliate me, you can put me in jail but no one will ever force me to wear the veil or hijab ever again.
So many of us women have been forced to dress the way we are. While men have the right to dress however they want and do whatever they like.
As Farah looked at her hijab she thought about what the women had said to the militia.
Why must I cover myself? Why must my rights be taken away? Every time I put on my hijab I accept that I can't talk to the opposite sex, that I can't work in this police force, that every time I want to go out I have to cover myself. No longer will I accept this, no longer will I wear my hijab, no matter what the consequences are