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 Change.org 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.