Iran allows woman to enter football stadium to watch FIFA qualifiers
In a massive breakthrough, Iran allowed women to enter the stadium for the first time in two years to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Iran First page, women of all ages would be allowed to watch the match between Iran and South Korea on October 12. The FIFA qualifier is expected to take place at the Azadi Stadium, located in the country’s capital, Tehran.
Restrictions on Iranian women to attend soccer games were first imposed after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Since then, the country has encouraged start-stop restrictions on women to apparently protect them from inappropriate male behavior. Notably, the last time the administration allowed women in the Azadi stadium was two years ago in 2019, when Iran defeated Cambodia.
Deterioration of women’s rights in Iran
Earlier, a young Iranian woman was arrested on charges of “insulting the Islamic hijab” after a video of her cycling without a veil began circulating the Internet, state media reported. According to the IRNA news agency, the video of the woman cycling in front of a large mosque sparked protests from residents and clerics. The governor of Najafabad reportedly said the motive for the action was under investigation.
The short video clip was posted on social media and showed a bear-headed woman cycling in front of a mosque and frequently raising her arm as she rode a bicycle. Since the People’s Revolution of 1979, women have been required by Islamic law to wear a hijab that covers the head and neck and conceals their hair.
In a similar incident, an Iranian court in December sentenced Instagram celebrity Sahar Tabar to 10 years in prison on December 12, 2020. The young icon is said to have posted distorted photos of herself and calls them a characterization of ‘Zombie Angelina Jolie’. The icon is accused of “promoting public corruption” as a result of his actions. Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad has expressed her opinion on the case, saying that using makeup and hairstyles to create a “Zombie Angelina Jolie” was not such a serious crime for which Sahar Tabar should have been sentenced to 10 years from prison.