Iranian women remove their veils in defiant viral protest

Since Ms Movahed’s release, there has been an explosion of young women on social media following in her footsteps and the images are now spreading like crazy.

“I am in awe of their courage and their bravery,” Golnaz Esfandiari, an Iranian journalist living in exile and working as a senior correspondent for Radio Free Europe, said.

“Many people try to downplay it, saying, you know, it’s not an issue for Iranian women,” she said.

“But as a woman who grew up in Iran I can tell you it’s a big issue.