Kurds in Dresses: There Can Be No Free Society Without Free Women

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Abby Zimet

Singular protests have sprouted in a Kurdish city in Iran after a court forced a male convict to wear traditional Kurdish women’s clothes in public as a humiliating punishment. First, women came out to demonstrate against the gender and culture bashing. When they were met by violent security forces, Kurdish men in solidarity took to dressing in the traditional Kurdish garb and posting their photos on social media. On their Facebook page, see scores of smiling and elegant (if hairy) "Kurd Men for Equality.”

 "This is what we look like, this is our culture and they cannot insult our culture, our mothers and sisters. We cannot accept that.”

 

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