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Iran revolution: ‘I wore a hijab and head-banged to Nirvana’

Image copyright Feranak Amidi On my first day of school in Iran we walked down a poorly-lit corridor. I was holding my mother’s hand and crying. She was crying too. On my head I had a black hood, known as a maghnaeh, covering my hair. I was six years old and terrified. This was nothing like my kindergarten in Los Angeles. I was born in the summer of 1979 in California, a few months after Iran’s Islamic Revolution; my mother was in her early 20s and my grandmother was 50.…

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Meet the ‘badass’ hijab boxing coach helping women

An amateur boxing coach who became the first in the UK to wear a hijab is hoping to inspire more women to get involved in sport. Zahra Butt, 39, also incorporates life-coaching into her boxing classes. The mother-of-three, from Nottingham, took up the sport after being diagnosed with post-natal depression. Zahra, who is the only coach to qualify with the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) to wear the traditional Muslim headscarf, holds one-to-one coaching sessions, including for women who have been victims of domestic abuse. Source link

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Iranian women threw off the hijab – what happened next?

Image copyright Masih Alinejad Image caption The image of Masih Alinejad that sparked a movement It is five years since Iranian Masih Alinejad started a movement – since joined by thousands of women – protesting against the compulsory wearing of the hijab, or headscarf, in her country. It spread on social media and led to unprecedented demonstrations in the streets – but is it any closer to achieving its goal? It began with a seemingly innocuous event: a woman driving on a mountain road in Iran, enjoying the simple freedom…

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