Iranian Women Defy New Law Against Riding Bicycles

A new fatwa forbids Iranian women from cycling. But, that's not stopping these ladies


On Monday, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa (an Islamic legal ruling) on women riding bicycles. 

So what did women do?

They ignored the fatwa and did it anyway.

A video on the Facebook page My Stealthy Freedom – a social movement which promotes women's rights in Iran – shows a mother and daughter explaining how they heard about the fatwa and decided to rent two bikes 'to say we're not giving up cycling'.


'It's our absolute right and we're not going to give up,' the daughter said, in defiance against the new rule.

As a result, the post has garnered support from women across Iran who have decided their love for cycling will not be hampered by the fatwa.


To encourage women to share their stories, the Facebook page has created the hashtag #IranianWomenLoveCycling 

Keep riding, ladies. 

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