Kicking their way inside soccer stadiums!
Open stadiums is a nation-wide campaign which has gained international attention through its very public and legitimate defy of the ban. Semanur Karaman interviewed the woman behind the campaign to understand her aspirations for Iran and expectations from the global feminist movement.
Football is a multi billion-dollar industry which is highly politicized across the globe. Take into account the recent FIFA presidential vote, which has sparked up a global debate on how sports can be the instrument to access more power for those responsible for grave human rights abuses. Activists from around the globe, and of those from the Bahraini diaspora, joined in a global call to protest Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa’s nomination to presidency at FIFA, and asked for greater accountability and transparency from the organization.
Football in Iran is a matter of politics too, where since 1982 women are prohibited from attending public sporting events. For example in October 2014, Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25 woman, was arrested when she tried to attend a volleyball game in Tehran. Iranian women, however, were quick to tackle this issue as a part of the pioneering human rights struggle and feminist agenda of Iran. They have been operating undercover to defend the very basic yet fundamental right of women to exist in the public space without hindrance or restrictions.