Iranian-American women's rights activist Masih Alinejad to speak April 3 at CSU
Iranian-American women’s rights activist and journalist Masih Alinejad will share her story Monday, April 3, at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and Alinejad’s talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free but tickets, available at csutix.com, will be required for entry. Strict security measures, including the use of metal detectors and the prohibition on purses, clutches, backpacks and other bags of any size, will be in place.
The talk will also be streamed on YouTube, organizers said.
Alinejad became a social-media sensation with videos in which she removes her hijab, beginning with a Facebook picture of her running through the streets of London with her curly hair billowing in the wind and a huge smile on her face.
Millions of her “My Stealthy Freedom” campaign followers are now posting photos and videos on social media of themselves removing their hijabs in public, which is a crime in Iran, punishable by arrest and imprisonment.
Alinejad believes the wearing of a hijab is a matter of personal choice, and she is a strong advocate for that and other civil liberties.
She was recently named one of 12 Women of the Year for 2023 by Time magazine, which cited her global impact in activism by using her voice to fight for equality worldwide.
She has received several targeted threats for her activism and is now living in exile in New York.
Alinejad shared her story in a bestselling memoir, “The Wind in My Hair.”
Her film, “Be My Voice,” will be shown as part of the ACT Human Rights Festival on Sunday, April 2, at the Lyric, 1209 N. College Ave., in Fort Collins. CSU students, faculty and staff can purchase tickets at a discounted rate.
Alinejad’s visit and talk were arranged by several CSU organizations, including the Asian American Cultural Center; offices of Inclusive Excellence and International Programs; Associated Students of CSU; the academic departments of ethnic studies and journalism and mass communications; university marketing and communications; and the Women and Gender Advocacy Center.
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