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'Unveil Women's Right to Unveil' Campaign Against Hijab Law in Iran

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In Iran, women have worn the Hijab for three decades. Those who do not wear the hijab are breaking the law, according to rferl.org

The hijab refers to the headdress women are required to wear. Iranian officials say that women who do not properly cover themselves up will lead men astray. They also believe that the hijab, especially the chador, is the best way for women to be protected.

Ever since the hijab was made mandatory 30 years ago, women have been harassed, arrested, and fined for not dressing properly. Dressing properly in Iran means completely covering the hair and body. 

While Iran places much pressure on women to follow the dress code, young women especially are rebelling against the codes and pushing boundaries by wearing make-up, trendy and tight clothing, and showing their hair. 

The recent rise in rebellion against the codes has resulted in crackdowns, usually in the summer. 

Many have stepped forward to voice their opinions about the hijab law. Prominent reformist cleric Mohsen Kadivar said there are not verses in the Koran that say women should wear the hijab. 

"We don't have any verses in the Koran or saying by the [Prophet Muhammad] that gives anyone the right to take action against an individual that doesn't wear the hijab," Kadivar said. 

Now, women and men are coming together to oppose the compulsory Hijab. 

"Unveil Women's Right to Unveil" is a campaign against the hijab that has gained more than 28,000 supporters. The campaign states that the hijab is a violation of basic human rights, and that it is one of the gross violations of basic human freedom by Islamic Republic Government. 

The hope is that the campaign will enable Iranian women to be free of wearing the Hijab.