Is being a woman something to be ashamed of? According to some Kurd men in Iran, the answer is no. After a judge punished a man by forcing him to dress in women’s clothing, the Kurd men started a Facebook page for their “Kurd Men for Equality” campaign. On the page, they posted photographs of themselves wearing women’s clothing; in addition, they posted messages of support for women. Pedram Penhan wrote, “Hoping for the day that sexuality, gender will not be a way of evaluating humanity.” Ala M wrote, “For many years, women in my country have been side-by-side with men, wearing men’s clothes, struggling. Tonight I am happy and honoured to wear women’s clothes and be even a small part of the rightful struggle of people to express gratitude and excellence to the women of my country.” Namo Kurdistani wrote, “We should gather together and condemn this stupidity, brutality and inhumanity against women. This is the least I can do to support women.” On 16 March 2013, women marched in Marivan, Iran, to protest the use of women’s clothing as punishment. On the “Kurd Men for Equality” Facebook page, some women posted photographs of themselves wearing men’s clothing.
For Further Information: “‘Kurd men for equality’: Men wear women’s clothes to send a message to local government.” Aljazeera (Doha, Qatar). 22 April 2013
Also: “Kurd Men for Equality.” Facebook.
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