Members of the Iranian Communist Party and the Organization Against Violence on Women in Iran demonstrated bare torsos against hijabs, the traditional headscarf worn by many women in predominantly Muslim countries, as well as the implementation of Sharia law.
The activists organized the rally on Facebook, to protest in Stockholm, the Swedish capital days before International Women's Day, which is celebrated annually on March 8. The Iranian women activists staged a topless protest in Sweden Saturday, posted Russia Today.
During the protest, the partially nude women painted slogans "My nudity is my protest" and "No to hijab," on their chests and backs and held posters from past FEMEN demonstrations. In video footage of the protest, a masked woman chanted "Hijab is not my choice" and "Down with Islamic Republic of Iran," using a microphone to project her message.
FEMEN, the Ukrainian women's group known for using nudity in its demonstrations, posted photos of the Iranian women's topless protest on their website in a show of solidarity.
The Ukranian activists have spoken out against Islamist regimes in the past, urging women to "get naked" during a September demonstration in Paris.
Most recently, FEMEN activists stripped down in late February and attempted to lunge at former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as he arrived at a polling station in Italy. The three topless women who broke past the crowd of journalists were swiftly detained by police.