A photo of five Iranian women dressed as men taken in a Tehran’s Azadi Stadium has gone viral on social media.
These women defied the law that prohibits women in Iran from entering sports stadiums. The law states that women must be protected from “masculine atmosphere” and hence, cannot be allowed inside stadiums.
Donning beards and wigs, the women can be seen posing for pictures. They also posted a few videos where they can be seen supporting their team.
According to Iran HRM website, a day before these women made their appearance, two young women were arrested in Isfahan, central Iran, for attempting to enter the Naghsh-e-Jahan Stadium.
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Twitterati came out in support of the women’s actions. Many applauded their courage, and highlighted the need to alter the law.
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Twitter users also posted pictures of what these women actually look like along with their messages of support.
The law that prevents women from entering sports stadiums has been in place since 1979 in Iran.
While neighbouring Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on women entering stadiums among other progressive steps, Iran still has a long way to go.
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