Iranian women now allowed to attend sporting events

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Photo courtesy of NBC News. Photo courtesy of NBC News.

Iran announced earlier this month that women will now be allowed to attend major sporting events, after much controversy over the policy.

Currently, women are not allowed to attend sporting events such as soccer and volleyball, despite their popularity in Iran. The new policy is expected to still bar women from “masculine” sports such as swimming and wrestling.

There will most likely be designated sections for women, and areas where families can enjoy sports together.

Najiyeh Allahdad, a women’s rights activist in Iran, said this is hopefully the beginning of many more changes in the country.

“I am very happy,” Allahdas said. “We have done all we could to get our rights back. This should have happened some time ago. It is now clear for me that this government is really trying hard to improve our lives.”

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