The death of Mahsa Amini, who was detained by morality police for improperly donning her headscarf, has caused a huge uproar among Iranian women in recent days, as seen around the world.
Women are demonstrating against the Islamic law in Iran that requires them to cover their necks and hair with a scarf in public. Hijabs were witnessed being publicly burned by a large number of female protesters in opposition to the Iranian government.
In addition to burning the hijab, cutting hair has become a universal sign of opposition to Islamic law and sympathy for Iranian women’s concerns.
French stars Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche
In a video posted in solidarity with Iranian demonstrators, Oscar-winning actors Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche as well as other French celebrities from film and music can be seen cutting off a few locks of hair.
On Wednesday, October 5, Cotillard posted a video to Instagram in which Binoche is heard saying, “For freedom,” before the camera turns to Cotillard, who is seen shaving a few inches off her hair.
“For the courageous women and men of Iran who are changing the world at this very moment, fighting for freedom. We stand by you,” Cotillard stated in her caption.
Turkish musician Melek Mosso
Melek Mosso, a Turkish musician, chopped off her hair live on stage. As the audience cheered her on, Mosso posted a video clip of her standing on stage and cutting her hair off with a pair of scissors.
Her comments section was full of emojis that expressed love and respect. “Please be the voice of Iranian men and women: woman, freedom, life, freedom,” one user requested. “Be Iran’s voice,” another said.
Abir al-Sahlani, Swedish Member of the European Parliament
Abir al-Sahlani, a Swedish member of the European Parliament, chopped off her hair while speaking before the EU assembly to support the anti-government protests in Iran.
In his stirring speech, Al-Sahlani recited the slogan “women, life, freedom” that was used to rally opposition to the Iranian government when Mahsa Amini, 22, died in the morality police’s care in the month of September.
Additionally, Muslim and Iranian women who are based all over the world are participating in the demonstrations by cutting their hair and removing their headscarves on TikTok and Instagram.
In reaction to viral videos of women cutting their hair and burning the hijab as part of a movement asking for fundamental reform, Iranian authorities implemented a social media blackout.