“We the women and girls are fed up with this compulsory hijab. We want to manage our clothes and what to wear” Women in Iran protesting the hijab
In November I was a tourist in Iran wearing a scarf covering my hair. No, I was not thrilled at the idea, but the chance to spend 8 days in Iran over-ruled my freedom. Wearing a head covering created a solidarity with Iranian girls and women. We were all following the rules of the Iranian Shiite government that were implemented in 1979 after the Iranian revolution. Maybe in the winter it would be comfortable to wear a hijab, but even in November, some days were too hot to keep my head, arms and legs covered,. There was no doubt that a woman’s identity and personality are lost wearing a head scarf and long loose-fitting clothes
Male dominated governments can be unfair to women. They need scapegoats for their problems and women can become their target!
The people of Iran are very friendly, the friendliest place I have ever traveled. They practice citizen diplomacy to welcome their visitors. Many wanted to know what we liked about their country, and they felt a strong connection to Americans. Their message was clear, ,”We both have bad governments, but we the people, we are friends!”
Read the whole story about the hijab protests here.
Saturday, January 21: March in solidarity for clean air and water, march for the protection of civil rights, women’s rights, and the health of our children. Imagine the world as we want it to be and work for it.
If everyone did just a bit, it could add up to a “whole lot!” Health4earth
My series, 31 Days of Less Waste continues:
Day 3 of 31 days of less waste. and another day of solidarity with the Paris Climate Summit. Change and saving our planet starts with all of us! Today’s post is on driving conservatively. Don’t waste gas, become an ECO driver!
What can we all do to reduce the emissions we put in the air we breathe?
Drive less: I am fortunate to have good bus service, and can walk to shopping and many of my activities. Our car often stays in the garage for weeks at a time. We even hauled our Thanksgiving turkey home on the bus!
2. Car pool: Most cars have only one person. Not only is this boring, but it is wasteful! You can change this. Make travel fun, offer rides to co-workers, classmates, and others going to your events. Even one-day a week would make a difference!
3. Become an ECO driver: Drive the speed limit and accelerate gently.
4. Maintain your car: Keep tires inflated, filters replaced, and make sure your automobile/truck aren’t emitting excess pollution.
“We Must Create a ‘World That is Worthy of Our Children”President Obama
The long-awaited Paris climate talks have begun today. What can we all do in solidarity with countries trying to hammer out a sustainable way to move forward for our earth? As I continue my series “31 days of less waste” I challenge you to NOT let your car idle this winter or ever. Idling your car or truck is such a waste of energy and terrible for air quality!