Dressed for death?

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Well, it happened. Women in Iran finally stood up for themselves and said what had to be said. The protests are about how women are forced to wear hijabs because of the religious laws but people’s opinions are starting to change ever since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22 year old woman who was accused of not wearing her hijab properly and is said to have been killed by the Iranian morality police. Others believe it was a heart attack. What we know for sure is that she went to the police station then she was rushed to hospital and three days later she was dead.

This topic of course affects women in Iran but it also affects women from other countries who feel oppressed by their government because of religion or other reasons. Even women who are not forced to dress a certain way can feel affected because they can imagine what it would be like if something like this was to happen to one of them. Breathtaking_Meteor said that “wearing a scarf doesn't mean that women are not equal to men.” However, I disagree with this because I think equality is about everyone being able to do the same things so if a women does not want to wear a hijab then it should be her choice and if she can’t make this choice then she is not equal to a man who can do this.

In my opinion, the government should let women choose the way that they want to dress. It’s not fair that women from other countries can dress however they want and they can’t. I respect their religion and I think that whoever wants to keep the tradition of wearing the hijab should be allowed but it should be their choice. We should all be equal but unfortunately some of us live under laws that are brutal and hard to follow. In France, they do not allow religious people to wear their face coverings but I think this not right also because like I say I think there should be a choice. Everybody should be treated equally for their religion, colour of their skin etc. Some women on TikTok started online protests too. For example, shaving their hair to show that they care about Mahsa Amini. I think this is good because it shows the women in Iran that there is hope for them as other people feel the same that they do.

In conclusion, I think that religious states or any government should not be allowed to decide what women wear without their consent. I respect the women who wish to dress modestly for the sake of their faith but I also wish for them to have a choice. What you wear should not be a death sentence.

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  • accomplished_lake | Adamson Middle School D | United States of America 08 Dec 2022

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    In my opinion, the government should let women choose the way that they want to dress. It’s not fair that women from other countries can dress however they want and they can’t. I respect their religion and I think that whoever wants to keep the tradition of wearing the hijab should be allowed but it should be their choice. We should all be equal but unfortunately some of us live under laws that are brutal and hard to follow. In France, they do not allow religious people to wear their face coverings but I think this not right also because like I say I think there should be a choice. Everybody should be treated equally for their religion, colour of their skin etc.

  • grounded_reality | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 09 Dec 2022

    I agree with you
    They should wear the hijab of their choice, not by compulsion, and we demand that they have the right to choose what they want with complete consent without coercion, and that the compulsory hijab law for women in Iran be retracted without extremism and coercion, but if she wants to, then it is her personal freedom
    It must be abolished by whoever established it. We will still need a response to the murder of Mahsa Amini.
    No, violence against women is not the same as the morality police. We support the popular uprising against the ruling regime
    (women, life, freedom)

  • amazing_computer | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 09 Dec 2022

    Equality is about giving everyone equal opportunities. I feel like women being forced to wear hijab means they are not considered equal to men. Men are not forced to wear anything so to promote equality, the women too should not be forced to wear anything. I do not mean to disrespect the Iranian religion but it should be a choice and it should not be forced on women. In Iran, the gender inequality problem has gotten to such a stage that women are jailed for singing in public or posting things on social media.

    www.wikipedia.org says,

    "Women in Iran have been jailed for "singing in public, or publishing their work on social media". According to Amnesty International women in Iran face "discrimination in law and practice in relation to marriage and divorce, inheritance, child custody, nationality and international travel"."

    Now how can we help to solve the problem of gender inequality in Iran? I have a few ideas.
    1.) Social media: Women in Iran are prohibited from using social media to voice out their problems and so many people are still unaware that such things are happening to women in Iran. We need to step up our game and expose these happenings to more people. In my school, not many people are aware of what is happening in Iran now so I try to get more people to know about it and spread the word. If many more people do it it can help to raise awareness about this issue so that this problem will be dealt with.

    2.) Staying up to date: