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Masih Alinejad

Iranian journalist and human rights activist

Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist and activist who advocates for personal choice in wearing the hijab. In 2014, she spearheaded a Facebook page called “My Stealthy Freedom” to protest Iran’s compulsory public hijab law for women and girls. For her commitment to human rights, she was awarded UN Watch’s International Women’s Rights Award, the AIB Media Excellence Award, and the Swiss Freethinker Association’s Freethinker Prize, among other honors. Her memoir, “The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran,” was released in 2018. Alinejad currently lives in exile in New York City. In 2022, Alinejad was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 2023 was named one of Time Magazine’s 12 Women of the Year.

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