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In Iran, women are banned from entering any stadium where a sport is being played by men. But an Iranian woman photojournalist has defied the sexist ban without breaking it, when she managed to cover a men’s football match by standing on the rooftop of a building, reports The Indian Express.
Pourtaherian was hailed on social media for as photos of her with a giant camera lens went viral on social media.
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Pourtaherian is an alumnus of the University of Tehran and has been affiliated as a photographer with FCKIA Academy and IR Iran Volleyball Federation, according to The Indian Express. Due to the distance of the building from the stadium, she only covered the first-half of the match. People on social media have praised her and offered support for her resilience and courage.
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In Iran, sports like football and volleyball are popular in the country and women have been known to impersonate men to enter stadiums. Earlier in May, photos of five Iranian women dressed as men were captured in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium went viral on social media.
During the FIFA World Cup 2018, female fans of the sport were allowed to enter the ‘Azadi’ stadium for the first time where they watched the the telecast of Iran vs Spain game on a big screen. However, these women never got to witness the players playing in the stadium live.
(With inputs from The Indian Express.)