World Iran: For Nasibe Shamsaei, cutting your hair is "tearing your hand from the diet"

15:31  03 october  2022
15:31  03 october  2022 Source:   elle.fr

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nasibe Shamsaei, Iranian activist for women's rights answers our questions.

Iran : Pour Nasibe Shamsaei, se couper les cheveux c'est « arracher la main du régime » © Demiroren Visual Media/Abaca Iran: for Nasibe Shamsaei, cutting your hair is "tearing your hand from the diet"

The image went around the world. The Iranian activist for women's rights Nasibe Shamsaei, a refugee in Turkey, cut her hair in front of her country's consulate in Istanbul. She replied since her place of exile.

Elle. Why this gesture?

Nasibe Shamsaei. It’s a gesture of anger. I wanted to cut this part of me, which is the cause of the oppression of women. Cut my hair is like tearing off the hand of the Iranian regime, freeing myself from its domination. This gesture is also a request for solidarity between women around the world. We no longer want to be victims of oppression and tyranny. Even if I left my country, I tried with this action to be alongside women and men who manifest and get shot in Iran.

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Elle. In 2017, you were one of the figures of white Wednesdays, in Iran. What was it consistent with?

N.S. It was a question of wearing a veil or white clothes every Wednesday to signify our refusal to submit to absurd rules. Because I am passionate about climbing, I then suggested planting a white flag on Mont Tochal, in Tehran, then on the Damavand, the highest peak in the Middle East. And when I walked in town, I took my hijab. We had targeted the most symbolic element, the Islamic veil, but many other laws weigh on women. For example, children's right to custody belongs only to the father, women cannot travel without the authorization of their husband and only men can decide to divorce. In Iran, we throw acid on the faces of women because of the hijab, and there is no law to continue the authors of this violence ... The Islamic regime is still killing: Masha Amini died to cause of his scarf.

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Elle. You have fled to Turkey because of your political activities. How did it go ?

N.S. I was sentenced to twelve years in prison for propaganda against the regime and insults the government, among other charges. I fled by crossing the mountains that separate Iran from Turkey for three days and three nights, without food or water. Wandering animals attacked us during the night and my legs were covered with wounds. I still have scars today.

Elle. Do you have hope when you look at the current uprising?

N.S. of course. I hope that These demonstrations will lead to the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. Because if that does not happen, the women and men who participate in this uprising run a serious danger. They can be arrested, beaten, killed ... Today, many have been arrested and we have no information on their fate.

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