Kurdish men in drag promote feminism in the region
By Daisy Carrington, for CNNSeptember 12, 2013 -- Updated 0311 GMT (1111 HKT)
(CNN) -- Last April, images of Kurdish men dressed in drag started making the rounds on Facebook.
The campaign, called Kurd Men for Equality, featured men proudly swathed in the colorful garb traditional among Kurdish women. The subjects -- young, old, moustachioed, bespectacled -- were making a statement that was at once political and feminist, proving that in the Kurdish community, the two often go hand in hand.
"You can't separate the two," explains Dilar Dirik, a Kurdish activist, journalist and a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge.
"It's a political move against the Iranian regime, and the regime happens to be oppressive, to Kurds and to women -- not just Kurdish women but all women."
The campaign, which received over 17,000 Facebook "likes", and, according to the site, the endorsement of American actress Rosario Dawson, was the brainchild of two male feminists, Masoud Fathi and Dler Kamangar.