In Iran, it’s a crime for women to appear in public with their hair uncovered [without a hijab]. Yasaman Aryani, a 24-year-old activist, wanted to change this.

It was International Women’s Day 2019 when Yasaman and her mother took off their headscarves and walked through a women-only train carriage in Tehran, handing out white flowers. Yasaman spoke of her hopes for a future when all women would have the freedom to choose what to wear, “me without the hijab and you with the hijab”.  After a video of this went viral, Yasaman was arrested and charged with “inciting and facilitating corruption and prostitution” through promoting “unveiling”.

Help us fight for Yasaman’s release. Sign the petition, call on the Iranian authorities to:

  • Unconditionally release Yasaman Aryani from prison
  • Unconditionally release from prison all other women’s rights defenders detained for peacefully protesting against forced veiling