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Narges Mohammadi: Anti-hijab activist in Iran is now a Nobel laureate

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

Narges Mohammadi

A courageous Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2023 for her relentless efforts in championing the cause of freedom and women's rights in Iran. Her unyielding commitment to the anti-hijab movement and the rights of women has not only captured the world's attention but has also ignited a spark of hope among those who yearn for a society in Iran. We celebrate Narges Muhammed's Nobel Prize win and express our support for the anti-hijab movement in Iran.

Born on 21 April 1972, Narges Mohammadi is a scientist and Human Rights activist. She is the vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), headed by fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. She is a vocal proponent of mass feminist civil disobedience against hijab in Iran and a vocal critic of the hijab and chastity program of 2023. In May 2016, she was sentenced in Tehran to 16 years' imprisonment for establishing and running "a human rights movement that campaigns for the abolition of the death penalty. She was released in 2020 but sent back to prison in 2021, where she has since given reports of the abuse of detained women.

She was awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize while in prison "for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all."

The killing of Mahza Amini in September 2022 by Iran's morality police for walking openly in the streets without wearing a hijab sparked protests all across Iran. Women declaring their freedom by taking off the hijab and burning it publicly became a common sight in Iran and continued despite brutal suppression by Iranian authorities.

Mahsa Amini

Some of the protest leaders were executed after a summary trial. Protest marches took place across the world last month to mark the first anniversary of Mahza Amini's death. The announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize to Narges Mohammadi the very next month following the anniversary of Mahza Amini's killing, will strengthen the struggle of women in Iran to live without wearing the hijab.

Against compulsory hijab law

The Nobel Peace Prize is a testament to the importance of Narges Mohammadi's cause. For years, she has been a fearless advocate for women's rights in Iran, challenging the compulsory hijab laws that restrict women's freedom of choice and expression. Mohammadi's dedication to this cause highlights the pressing need for change and reform within Iranian society.

The anti-hijab movement is a peaceful and non-violent movement that seeks to empower Iranian women by giving them the freedom to choose whether or not to wear the hijab. It is a call for individual liberty and personal choice. Narges Mohammadi's commitment to this cause aligns perfectly with the principles of peace and freedom that the Nobel Peace Prize represents.

A Symbol of Courage

Narges Mohammadi's story is one of extraordinary courage. Despite facing significant personal risks and enduring persecution, she has refused to be silenced. Her unwavering determination to bring attention to the issues faced by Iranian women is an inspiration to all those who value human rights and freedom.

In Iran, where dissent is often met with harsh consequences, Mohammadi's bravery serves as a beacon of hope. Her willingness to stand up for what she believes in demonstrates the power of one person's voice to effect change, even in the face of adversity.

Global Impact

Narges Mohammadi's work has not only resonated within Iran but has also garnered international attention and support. Her Nobel Prize win shines a spotlight on the ongoing struggles faced by Iranian women and the broader fight for human rights in the country.

It is crucial for the international community to stand in solidarity with Narges Muhammed and the anti-hijab movement. By doing so, we send a clear message to the Iranian government that the world is watching and that the rights of individuals to make their own choices must be respected.

Supporting the Anti-Hijab Movement

Narges Mohammadi's Nobel Peace Prize is not just an accolade; it is a call to action. It is a reminder that the fight for freedom and equality in Iran is far from over. To support the anti-hijab movement and the cause that Narges Mohammadi champions, there are several steps that individuals and organizations can take:

  1. Raise Awareness: Share information about the anti-hijab movement and Narges Mohammadi's story on social media and with your network. Use your platform to amplify the voices of those advocating for change.

  2. Support Human Rights Organizations: Contribute to organizations that work tirelessly to promote human rights and gender equality in Iran. These organizations provide vital support to activists on the ground.

  3. Advocate for Change: Contact your government representatives to pressure the Iranian government to respect human rights and individual freedoms, including the right to choose whether to wear the hijab.

  4. Engage in Dialogue: Foster conversations about the importance of personal choice and religious freedom, including the right to live without religion, in Iran and internationally. Promote open discussions that challenge stereotypes and misconceptions.

Narges Muhammed's Nobel Peace Prize win is a testament to her courage and dedication in advocating for women's rights and freedom of choice in Iran. Her work in the anti-hijab movement has ignited hope for a more open and inclusive Iranian society. As we celebrate her achievements, let us also lend our support to the cause she champions, working together to promote human rights, gender equality, and freedom in Iran and beyond. Narges Mohammadi's Nobel Prize reminds us that the fight for justice and freedom is a shared responsibility, and together, we can make a difference.


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