Taking a page out of the book of the Ukrainian FEMEN movement, Iranian female activists bared their breasts in the streets of Stockholm in protest against the hijab headscarf that Islamic women must wear.
The women involved in the protest are members of the Iranian Communist Party and the Organization Against Violence on Women in Iran. The protest happened in Sweden's capital, Stockholm on Sunday and was also dedicated to International Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8.
In the same style as the notorious FEMEN group, the women painted their bodies with slogans, including “My nudity is my protest” and “No to hijab” and they also displayed pictures from anti-Islamic demonstrations by FEMEN.
The topless images from the protest are displayed on FEMEN'S official website, along with messages of support, with members of the “sextremist” movement expressing their confidence that “in the historical battle ‘woman v. Islam’ women will win!”
FEMEN, the Ukrainian topless movement have also recently teamed up Alia Al Mahdi, an Egyptian activist, who wishes to attract public attention to “the threat of Islamization of the Egyptian constitution and the introduction of [Mohamed] Morsi's Shariah Law”. The group also staged a protest in front of Egypt's embassy in Stockholm.
FEMEN are famous for their worldwide topless protests at major international events, demonstrating against sex tourism, international marriage agencies, sexism, religious institutions and other social issues.
Now it seems they are inspiring other women to stand up for the rights in a similar way.