Shapark Shadzharizade wrote on her personal website that she was jailed for “resisting forced hijab” and “waving the white banner of peace on the street.”
Police in Iran arrested 29 women in February for the removal of a handkerchief as part of a campaign known as the “White Wednesday”. Nasrin Sothoudeh, a well-known defender of human rights in Iran, who represented Shajarizade and other women, was arrested last month.
Shajarizade was released on bail at the end of April. Her current whereabouts were unknown.
Using the #whitewednesdays hashtag , activists published videos and photos in white shawls or pieces of white clothing as protest symbols. The idea of the movement belongs to Masih Alinezhad, the founder of My Stealthy Freedom , an online movement that opposes the mandatory dress code.
Before the Islamic revolution in 1979, many Iranian women wore western-style clothes, including mini-skirts and short-sleeved tops, but everything changed when the late Ayatollah Khomeini came to power.
After Ayatollah Khomeini came to power, women were forced not only to cover their hair in accordance with the strict interpretation of the Islamic law of modesty, but also to stop using cosmetics and start wearing mantles to the knees. In 1979, more than 100,000 women and men took to the streets in protest against the law.