Masih Alinejad

Masih Alinejad is founder of the My Stealthy Freedom campaign against the compulsory hijab, a women’s rights activist, author and journalist.

Born in Iran, Alinejad was jailed at 18 for her writings against the Islamic Republic. She became a journalist at the ILNA news agency and at Hambastegi, a reformist newspaper where she exposed corruption among Iranian members of parliament. She later became a columnist for Etemad Melli, a daily newspaper founded by presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi.

She left Iran in 2009, escaping arrest after fraudulent presidential elections that saw the re-election of Mahmood Ahmadinejad. In 2014, Alinejad created the My Stealthy Freedom campaign to provide a platform for Iranian women to protest compulsory hijab rules. As part of this campaign, she has initiated a number of sub-campaigns including #MeninHijab, #WhiteWednesdays, #WalkingUnveiled and #MyCameraisMyWeapon.

In 2019, Alinejad’s family were arrested for her activism abroad, and in 2021 a plot to kidnap her from her home in New York was foiled by American intelligence services.



Geneva Summit 2015 Women’s Rights Award with Masih Alinejad

Masih Alinejad, Iranian women’s rights activist, journalist, and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom campaign, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Hillel Neuer: I just want to say personally, what an honor it is for myself and my organization