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Stunning images flood the world as we join Iranian women protesting the death of Mahsa Amini. She died in hospital on September 16 — three days after being pulled off the streets of Tehran by morality police and taken to a re-education center for lessons in modesty.

art by Leni Antipina, UK

May our hearts, thoughts, and prayers overflow with our Iranian sisters who have risen up in fury and solidarity over the death of Mahsa Amini. Women on the streets are now putting their own lives on the line in protest over this woman’s needless death.

Mahsa was only 22 years old — visiting the capital from the Kurdish area of Iran. She was detained for improperly wearing her hijab — showing too much of her hair. She was severely beaten and died shortly afterward.

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This singular act has polarized the women of Iran who have taken to the streets in epic protest — burning their hijabs, cutting their hair, endangering themselves. Protesters shout over and over — “Jin. Jiyan. Azadi.” Women. Life. Freedom. The world stands in solidarity with the women of Iran.

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“To me, art is all about making people think. I like to be a mirror to my society, to show them how they behave and how they think.” ~ Newsha Tavakolian

With an innate ability to capture the essence of humanity in remarkable ways, Tavakolian encourages her viewers to think in relation to their experiences and feel the emotion of each moment she captures.

image credit — Newsha Tavakolian

As a self-taught photographer, Newsha began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16. Since then, she has photographed and covered humanitarian tragedies around the world, including countries like Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria — capturing ordinary life in the wake of conflict.

These images catch at our heart — causing us to consider and question what we are forced to witness. Jin. Jiyan. Azadi. Women. Life. Freedom.

women hold up photographs of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini — Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images

Women of the world unite! Street protests are taking place in more than 50 cities throughout the country and have drawn the attention and support of the international community. These protests are both a refrain of past protests as well as a renewal of courage and hope.

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Bhakti Issa Urra

Bhakti Issa Urra


canvassing consciousness, constantly curious — ever challenged & changed