See how the style of women’s clothing has changed not only in Arab countries. Compared to the 1970s, when women there were more free and dressed according to the Western trend, nowadays women have to wear clothes suitable for the Islamic faith in public. Shorter skirts and anything that would reveal their skin no longer have a place in their wardrobe, and they hide their hair under hijabs, niqabs, burqas or other types of Islamic clothing.
American attorney Marina Medvin shared a video comparing photos of women’s clothing in Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan in the 1970s with photos from today on the X social network. In some countries the veiling of women is mandated by law, in others it is voluntary based on faith.
Iran and Afghanistan are among the strictest countries regarding the veiling of women. In Iran, if a woman is seen in public without a hijab, i.e. a scarf covering her hair and neck, the police will deal with her offence. But the Iranian Ministry of the Interior calls on citizens to confront uncovered women.
In Iran, women have been required to cover their hair and wear long, loose clothing since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Violations of the regulations are punishable by public reprimands, fines and arrest. But more and more Iranian women are going out in public without a head covering after the 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsá Aminíová died in police custody in mid-September 2022, after she was arrested by the morality police for not properly covering her hair.
Activist Narges Mohammadi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize this year for her actions, fights against the oppression of women in Iran. An imprisoned Iranian women’s rights activist smuggled a letter out of her cell thanking the Norwegian Nobel Committee for awarding her the Nobel Prize.