An Iranian woman has been forced to flee her homeland for Dubai after she sparked widespread outrage for posting photos online where she does not wear a hijab.
Sadaf Taherian is an actress who uploaded the images as a form of protest against Islamic laws she felt were oppressive, forcing women to cover their heads whilst out in public.
Iran’s ministry of culture responded by banning her from acting and labeling her as ‘immoral’ for breaking the law which has stood since 1979.
To the left you can see Sadaf wearing the traditional hijab, which is an article of clothing designed to preserve the modesty of Muslim women when they are in the presence of men who are not direct relatives.
On the right is one of the offending images which turned her into a social pariah.
Allegedly the images have been edited by Iranian officials, Photoshopping the traditional head scarf back into the shots.
Sadaf has also made claims that she was regularly victim to sexual harassment during her employment as an actress in Iran.
During an interview with the activist and journalist Masih Alinejad, Sadaf said:
It bothered me when I was acting and the director was thinking about me in any way except acting.
He was only waiting for the scene to finish so he could whisper in my ear again.
They would put five or six contracts in front of me with only one condition: One month – to be with them.”
It really comes down to a matter of choice, and the protest made by Sadaf will hopefully stand up as a strong example to other victims of oppression that their will matters.
Sadaf is hoping that in Dubai she may be able to resurrect her acting career and she has also said ‘I want to live in a place and live the way that makes me happy.’ That is a fair request for anyone in this world to make.