Thanks to Nushin Arbabzadah and Asra Nomani for collecting and translating these posters and billboards used to terrorize, shame and persuade women into wearing Hijab in Iran, Afghanistan and the region. Click here to read Nushin’s analysis of these campaigns.
We hope they will inspire you to strive to create a world in which all women, no matter where they are, have a choice about how they dress and they are no longer blamed for their own oppression based on their outfits or shamed for not making the choices we want them to. Our clothing is one of the most personal parts of our identities and only we should make decisions about them. Instead of imprisonment, victim-blaming, threats of violence and rape, women need real options for without options there are no choices. Wearing or not wearing a hijab is so much more pleasant when one chooses.
There you go, ladies. Being a person worthy of respect -not based on her outfit, but her humanity- is totally overrated. Be a covered piece of candy or even better an onion.