Desegregation in Iran (just a bit)

For the first time since 1979, women in Iran are allowed to attend a men’s game in a stadium with a mixed crowd.

For nearly 40 years, half of Iran’s population was not allowed to go to a stadium to watch soccer, the country’s single most popular sport. The defacto ban, instilled by religious clerics after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, had prevented women from attending a majority of men’s sporting events, and women who challenged it risked arrest and imprisonment. But the long-standing segregation policy loosened during the 2018 World Cup, when thousands of women poured into Azadi Stadium, Tehran’s largest sports stadium, to watch live broadcasts of their national team playing in the group stage.

The deadening hand of organised religion. It’s all about power and control.

Mind the (pay) Gap

Although Anderson eventually received salary parity with Duchovny, she told The Hollywood Reporter she was once again offered “half” of what her male co-star was being courted with when she was first approached about Fox’s “X-Files” revival. (Sources told THR that the two actors ended up being paid the same amount for the event series.)

She added, “Even in interviews in the last few years, people have said to me, ‘I can’t believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane.’ And my response always was, ‘That was then, this is now.’ And then it happened again! I don’t even know what to say about it.”

Mind boggling that this still goes on.

Source: Gillian Anderson on X-Files Pay Gap: Offered Less Than David Duchovny | Variety

Progress: Rule on priority of primary-level religion classes to go

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is to remove a 50-year old official rule which gives religion classes a privileged status, paving the way for a potential reduction in time spent on faith formation.
At present, 30 minutes of each primary school day is allocated to religious education – twice the amount of time devoted to subjects such as science or physical education.
Speaking on Tuesday night, Ms O’Sullivan said she will move next month to repeal “rule 68”, which states that religious instruction is “by far the most important” part of the school curriculum.
“Rule 68 is archaic. I will repeal it,” she said. “It may have survived for 50 years, but in January it will be removed, along with any other rules that don’t speak to the diverse and welcoming nature of our modern school system.”

About time! Source: Rule on priority of primary-level religion classes to go

Glacial change

Only a country as restrictive as Saudi Arabia could come up with such a thing as a progressive move.

Female divorcees and widows in Saudi Arabia are to be assigned ID cards allowing them to act independently from men, local media reported on Thursday.

The changes will allow women to register a child for school, access records and authorise medical procedures once their marriages have ended, the reports said.

Without their own identity documents, divorced women in Saudi currently need permission from their husbands or a court order to perform those tasks, the Arab News said.

No date has been set for the change, it said.

The wheels of change are grinding forwards, at glacial pace. Via: Divorced Saudi women to have ID cards: Reports

Challenging Gender ‘norms’ with Cycling: Kabul, Afghanistan

Bicycles as tools of liberation.


Why did you focus on bike riding?

It’s kind of cliche, but it’s really important for a woman to be able to get somewhere without a male’s help.

There are so many girls in Afghanistan who can’t afford to drive to school so they walk for hours. But they can use a bicycle. First, it’s not that expensive, and second it’s a kind of sport. There aren’t many opportunities for women to exercise. So biking serves multiple purposes. I don’t know who said this, but I think women on wheels is the start of women’s independence.


Source: A Gender Revolution Hits The Streets, Two Wheels At A Time : Goats and Soda : NPR

It shouldn’t be like this

I saw these tweets by @oscharles earlier this evening. This is his experience. Yes, he’s venting, but inequality isn’t an abstract – it affects people, day in, day out. People shouldn’t have to feel like this. This simple right to marry shouldn’t be something that was ever up for discussion because it should have been a right that was there by default. But it wasn’t, and it isn’t, so the next best thing we can do is get out and vote yes tomorrow. Let’s not make him or any Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans* person feel like this again.

And maybe we can make Ireland a slightly better place for everyone.