Just before the protests in late December and early January, an 31 year old Iranian woman by the name of Vida Movahed stood outside and waved her hijab on a stick in protest of the country’s hijab laws. Since then, more women have stood up in defiance of the strict dress code; 29 women have been arrested for their crime of appearing in public without a hijab. Not only are these women outside without their required headscarves, they are standing in prominent places and waving their hijabs around in open protest.

Many are rallying through social media, with hashtags like #WhiteWednesdays, #FreeHijabProtesters, #IranProtests #MyStealthyFreedom or #Hijab. During the recent protests that were about all sorts of issues, including Iran’s struggling economy and skyrocketing unemployment rates, the government shut down multiple social media platforms. They have done this before in the past, as well as other quelling techniques, and the world watches to see how they will handle the hijab protests as they continue. They have considered creating a “halal internet,” or a “halal-net” that is completely internalized and carefully controlled, known some places as a “walled garden.”

The laws regarding hijabs have been beginning to relax recently, incurring fines instead of jail time or receiving a warning from the religious police. However, the laws remain and that is what many aim to change. The woman on the right of the featured image is protesting right outside the Islamic Revolutionary Court, and she said on Twitter: “They arrest my sisters who peacefully protested compulsory hijab.Here I am in front of Enghelab Court waving my veil to say I am not scared of your person.”