Cross-dressing Kurds in Iran to support women’s rights

Cross-dressing Kurds in Iran to support women’s rights
25 Apr

Richard Hill for the Telegraph

KURD-MEN-FOR-EQUALITY-large570A group of men from the Kurdish community in Iran have found a novel way of supporting women’s rights: cross-dressing. In a protest over the treatment of Kurdish women, dozens of men have uploaded pictures of themselves in women’s clothes to a public group on Facebook.

The Kurd Men for Equality campaign was launched after a judge in the Marivan region of north-west Iran ordered a man convicted of domestic abuse to be paraded through the streets in women’s clothes.

Feminists called the punishment “misogynistic”, 17 Iranian MPs wrote to the justice ministry decrying it, and the online campaign was launched in which men began to upload more than 150 photos of themselves in traditional  dresses, veils and scarfs. The group has now been “liked” by more than 7,000 fellow Facebookers.

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