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Women Of The Week: Iranian Rock Climber Elnaz Rekabi, Schoolgirl Asra Panahi And Brazil’s First Trans Women Lawmakers

Women from Iran are continuing to stand up against the government and the country’s mandatory hijab law. Meanwhile, across the globe, Brazil has elected its first two trans women as lawmakers in congress. These are some of the inspiring women of the week. 
Women from Iran are continuing to stand up against the government and the country’s mandatory hijab law. Meanwhile, across the globe, Brazil has elected its first two trans women as lawmakers in congress. These are some of the inspiring women of the week. 
1. Iranian Rock Climber Elnaz Rekabi

33-year-old Elnaz Rekabi has been welcomed by massive crowds upon returning to Tehran after she competed without a headscarf at a tournament in South Korea on Sunday Oct. 16.

2. Iranian Schoolgirl Asra Panahi

16 year-old Asra Panahi refused to sing a pro-regime anthem to protest the government and mandatory hijab laws after Mahsa Amini’s death. She was reportedly beaten to death in the classroom by security forces.

3. Brazil’s First Trans Women Lawmakers Erika Hilton And Duda Salbert

In a first for the country, Brazil has elected two trans women, Erika Hilton and Duda Salabert, as lawmakers in its general election on Sunday Oct. 1.

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