Masoumeh “Masih” Alinejad-Ghomi

Iranian women’s rights advocate

Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist and activist. In 2014, she spearheaded the Facebook page “My Stealthy Freedom” to protest Iran’s compulsory public hijab law for women and girls. The campaign escalated in December 2017, when activists began removing their headscarves in public as a form of protest. Iranian authorities arrested protesters and violated their rights while in custody. Alinejad has been awarded the UN Watch’s International Women’s Rights Award, the AIB Media Excellence Award, and the Swiss Freethinker Association’s Freethinker Prize. Her memoir, “The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran,” was released in 2018.