Badass women in Iran share why they’re ignoring a new fatwa against cycling

A newly established fatwa in Iran from the country’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei bars women from cycling because it “contravenes women’s chastity”. In response, some women in Iran openly opposing the rule by cycling in public.

“Riding a bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity,” Ali Khamenei said.

In response a woman and her daughter posted a video of themselves riding, adding to the growing social media trend: #IranianWomenLoveCycling.

Iranian Mother and daughter: we’re not giving up cyclingاین فیلم کوتاه را یک مادر و دختر از ایران به صفحه آزادی های یواشکی فرستادند. پیام ساده شان به رهبر جمهوری اسلامی است که اخیرا گفته بود دوچرخه سواری برای زن حرام است: دوچرخه سواری زندگی ما شده و ما حاضر نیستم ورزش مان را کنار بگذاریم

This is my selfie for the Supreme Leader , I am a 25 year old girl from Kish, Iran

Mother and daughter’s direct message to the new Fatva of the Supreme Leader of Iran:”We Love Cycling and we are not going to give up”.

Yesterday the supreme leader of Iran issued a fatwa (a religious edict) in which he ruled that riding bicycles for women is a sinful act. How do you view this fatwa? How do you think Iranian society will respond to this fatwa?

En français / In French:

Le message direct de la mère et de la fille à la nouvelle fatwa du guide suprême iranien : “Nous aimons faire du vélo et nous ne l’abandonnerons pas.”
Hier, le guide suprême iranien a émis une fatwa (un décret religieux) par lequel il réglemente le fait que les femmes faisant du vélo commettent un péché. Comment considérez-vous cette fatwa ? Comment pensez-vous que la société iranienne va répondre à cette fatwa ?


Posted by ‎My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران‎ on 19 Septembrie 2016

“Bicycle riding is part of our lives,” they said in the video. “We were here when we heard Ayatollah Khamenei’s fatwa banning women from bicycling. We immediately rented two bicycles to say we’re not giving up cycling. It’s our absolute right and we’re not going to give up.”

Another woman posted a photo and said, “Am I a criminal because I love life and I love cycling? Let’s be mindful of the fact we can attain victory by fighting tirelessly [for our rights]. Long live peace, life, and respect for each others’ rights.”

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