For years women in Iran have been silenced by harsh laws and strict codes. Yet now, even in the face of increased pressure from morality police, women are taking a stand for their freedom.
Recently Iran licensed 2000 additional morality police for the purpose of enforcing public conduct codes, especially for women. But what prompted such an action?
Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, strict codes under Sharia law have been an every day reality. These cover a variety of topics, many of which are moral topics. Women went from relatively great freedom, to having every move watched and evaluated. Suddenly wearing a head covering was mandatory for all Iranian women; and it was enforced.
Now it is a symbol of oppression that many women are rebelling against.
Iranian women abroad and at home are condemning the headscarf and those who endorse it. One recent example was Shohreh Bayat who oversaw a match at the Women’s World Chess Championship without the scarf. Now she is afraid to return home, concerned that the country or her family will make an example of her.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that God would open doors for you to talk with and encourage Iranian and other Muslim women where you are.
- Pray that God would visit Muslim women in dreams and visions and they would be able to find people who can show them more about Jesus the Son of God.
- Ask God to open hearts and minds of Iranian women who have the opportunity to hear the truth of the Gospel.