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A placard with a picture of Mahsa Amini, whose death while being detained by Iran’s morality police has ignited a wave of protests across the country. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The protests in Iran are part of a long history of women’s resistance

Iranian women have a long history of campaigning for their rights. The latest protests bring together a host of religious and gender groups suppressed by the country’s clerical regime.
A poster with a drawing of Marge Simpson cutting her hair in support of Iranian women, by aleXsandro Palombo, at a demonstration in London. aleXsandro Palombo / TW

How women put hair to the fore in fight for equal rights

Through different works and artists who have worked with hair we can understand what having control over one’s own hair implies for female identities.
Ukrainian rescuers work at the site of a Kyiv residential building destroyed by a drone that local authorities consider to be Iranian-made. Oleksii Chumachenko/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Iranian drones used by Russia in Ukraine show that there’s already one victor in that war: Iran

Iran has a growing role in the Ukraine war, helping Russia augment its dwindling weapons supplies. That may help Russia, but it also serves Iran’s national interests.
A woman who’s not wearing a hijab flashes a victory sign as she walks around in the old main bazaar of Tehran, Iran, on Oct. 1, 2022. Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets over the last two weeks to protest the death of a woman who was detained by the morality police for allegedly wearing her mandatory Islamic veil too loosely. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iranian women keep up the pressure for real change – but will broad public support continue?

To many Iranians, a revolution has happened given the public’s embrace of women and their demands amid ongoing protests. The question is whether the solidarity holds up and the regime listens.
Women holding up photographs of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini during a demonstration in Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, on Sept. 24, 2022. Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images

Iranian women have been rebelling against restrictions since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – with renewed hope that protests this time will end differently

A scholar of Iranian politics explains how Iranians have organized resistance movements for the past several decades while risking arrest and public flogging.

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