Rebel, Rebel: Iranian Woman Arrested for Going to Male Volleyball Tournament, Goes On Hunger Strike

Ghoncheh Ghavami

It is really absurd that laws like this are a reality for some women in this day and age. Check out Ghoncheh Ghavami’s case below.

A British-Iranian woman held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for 100 days after she tried to attend a men’s volleyball game has gone on a hunger strike.

Law student Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was visiting family and working for a charity organization in Iran when she was arrested for attempting to attend a men-only volleyball match last June, then imprisoned for three months before being charged with “propaganda against the regime.”

She had attempted to enter Azadi Stadium in Tehran with a dozen other women to see the Iran men’s volleyball team play Italy. Ghavami’s brother, Iman, has said that the charges against his sister are “ambiguous.”

“Government of Iran & the UK government,” reads the petition posted on by Iman. “Please allow my sister to come home. She should not have been arrested for going to a volleyball match.”

A law that prevents women from entering sports venues was enacted in 2012, when it was deemed that mixed crowds were “un-Islamic” because the male athletes are not considered fully dressed.

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