( Human Rights Watch ) – This is the story of one Iranian woman who stopped wearing a headscarf in public as an act of protest. Despite Iran’s compulsory hijab laws and the fear of arrest, Pendar (not her real name), 51, together with two other women, has walked every Wednesday and Saturday for hours through Tehran’s crowded streets. As their confidence grew, these women stopped wearing hijab completely. Their quiet act of resistance began six months ago, after the death of Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa (Jina) Amini while in custody of Iran’s “morality” police. Her death ignited massive protests across the country, with people demanding an end to Iran’s repression. Security forces cracked down with violence, killing hundreds and arresting thousands.