French artists show their solidarity with women in Iran and cut their hair

Since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody, protests have erupted across Iran.

Mahsa Amini was taken into police custody for allegedly improperly wearing a headscarf. While some believe she died from beatings and torture, police insist that she died of a pre-existing heart disease.

People from all over the world came out in support of Iranian women demanding freedom. The protests of women seeking their free choice not to wear the veil are also portrayed as choosing to wear it either as persecuted or by the government.

Women who choose or want to wear the hijab are pushed into the category of oppressors in Iran while also striving for the same, i.e. the ability to choose what they want to wear.

French artists in solidarity

More than 50 artists, including Marion Cotillard, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Hubert and others, have come out in support of protesting women in Iran.

In a viral video, Binoche cut a part of her hair and then declared “Forreedom” while an Iranian version of Bella Kaew’s song was played in the background. Several artists, including Cotillard and others, have cut their hair to show support for protesting women in Iran. The film ended with Marjane Satrapi, aranco-Iranian director and artist.

A statement accompanying the video read, “Since Mahsa’s death on September 16, the Iranian people, led by women, have protested against risking their lives. These people are only hoping for access to basic freedoms. These women, these men, are asking for our support.”

The entire initiative was instigated for the first time by international human rights lawyer Richard Sedio in collaboration with leadingrench lawyers such as Christianeral Schul and Julie Couturier.

Whilerance supports women’s choice to take off their headscarves in Iran, it prevents women from choosing to wear a headscarf inrance, and even prohibits it. The fine for a headscarf that covers the face inrance can be up to 150 euros.

Angelina Jolie is also working to raise awareness of the situation in Iran. She shared several photos of the ongoing protests in the country and captioned them “out of respect for the brave, challenging and brave women of Iran.”

As she wrote, “everyone who has survived and resisted for decades, who took to the streets today, Mohassa Amini and all Iranian youths like her.”

History of Iran

Iran has faced a long and tumultuous history of power and the role of women. After the British and American regimes failed to control Iran, the 1979 revolution took place and replaced the dictatorship of the West with an Islamic theocracy.

While most articles refer to the “loss of Iran” since then, they make no mention of Reza Shah Pahlavi’s rule in the 1930s. Under his rule, women were forbidden to wear the hijab or “chador”. Deploying police on the streets to stop women and strip them naked if they wanted to cover up. This led to the suicide of many women.

Times may have changed but the struggle remains the same. While freedom of choice is essential, it is important that the inability to remove the veil is not struggled with women who choose to wear it.