Iranian Women’s Rights

An improvement:

Iranian women will be able to officially enter a soccer stadium on Thursday for the first time in nearly 40 years to watch Iran’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia, a historic feat after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial male-only policy.

Still, only 5% of tickets were allocated to female fans, because, eh, no apparent reason other than you know, being female is a problem. FIFA seems to be pushing the Iranian FA on this though, so that’s positive.


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.

Suppression of anger

Helen Blackman on how ‘policed’ the simple need to sound off every now and then can be. Well worth a read:

Sometimes I get annoyed. I get angry. I rant. I do things that would be normal in a man. In a woman? Oh no. That’s undignified. It’s shrewish. It’s strident. It’s outspoken. It’s hysterical (and I don’t mean funny. I really do not mean funny). It’s all these things but for a woman it isn’t […]

via Because the rant is never over — Helen Blackman

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

Don’t Measure A Woman’s Worth By Her Clothes

This is very good – Don’t Measure A Woman’s Worth By Her Clothes:

A brilliant ad campaign created for Terre Des Femmes, a Swiss human rights organization focusing on gender equality and feminism, reminds us that the worth of a woman should never be measured by something like the neckline of her blouse or height of her heels.

via Bored Panda & @thereaIbanksy

Not just a girl

Jaime Moore decided on a different take for a photo set she took recently of her daughter. When looking for dress-up ideas, she found that

no matter where I looked, 95% of the “ideas” were the “How to’s” of dressing your little girl like a Disney Princess. […] My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything.

Jaime Moore Photography

It’s refreshing and inspiring to see something other than the little princess trope. The resulting set, of which the above of her daughter as Amelia Earhart is a part, is available on her blog.