How Iranian authorities are cracking down on unveiled women

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Iranian authorities have begun imposing fines and denying entry to public transport, airports and hospitals to women who refuse to wear the hijab. Police have closed cafés, restaurants and shopping malls where customers do not wear the Islamic hijab to force shop owners to make the headscarf compulsory for women. These are the latest efforts by religious authorities in Iran to try to enforce Islamic dress codes after months of protests brought them down. Iranian women, however, say this crackdown will not stop them from fighting for social freedoms.

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In this week’s episode of The Observers, we spoke to two Iranian women who explained how they are resisting this pushback and how the pressure has changed their lives.

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