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8 Women to Face Legal Action for Disguising as Men to Watch a Football Match in Iran



Two of the girls who were arrested. Photo Credit:, February 14, 2017)

Iranian authorities have arrested eight young women who had disguised themselves as men in order to watch a football match between Esteghlal F.C. and Persepolis F.C. at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.

They were arrested on February 12, 2017, and according to reports, the women face legal action.

According to Memri, Alireza Adeli, head of security for the Tehran municipality, stated that this was not the first time that women have disguised themselves as men in order to enter the stadium, and stressed that the ban was aimed at “preserving their honor, because the stadium’s atmosphere, commotion, and crowds are no place for them. Dear women who wish to watch the match can do so on TV, which broadcasts the games and gives everyone a way to watch them live.”

Islamic law in the country bans women from attending live matches when men are present. Additionally, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently issued a fatwa banning women from riding bicycles in public, arguing that doing so attracts the male gaze and is therefore forbidden.


  1. funmilola

    April 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

    thank God for freedom!

    • keke driver

      April 19, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Thank you Jesus for the freedom that I have in you.

    • funmilola

      April 19, 2017 at 10:22 am

      as in ehn!
      thank God for Jesus!

  2. john

    April 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

    why cant women just stay on thier own or create , discover or innovate things on thier own..a set of people banned u guys from watching..why cant u guys organise and form a women team and manage and watch it.

    • ec

      April 19, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Mr John, you are looking at it from a very simplistic point of view

    • aunty

      April 19, 2017 at 11:53 am

      this is basically saying why cant black people stay on their own and stop trying to go to the same places as white people. you would have been a very obedient slave during the segregation era John.

    • john

      April 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      exactly and there is nothing wrong or slavely about it but rather being truly independent… feminism and all this stupid pro blacks are yet to understand black fools always like to copy and follow white people even to your own detriment or looking for there validation…of they tell u to jump u say how high…u rarely see asians behaving like this..that is why they are ahead of us even though we were all colonised.. everyvtime we rush abroad to do even the basic stuff we should know how to do ..kai that is why I belong in the school of malcolm x and what he preaches than Martin luther king my friend the answer is in ur question “why cant black people stay on their own and stop trying togo to the same places as white people.” bcos white people can stay on thier own and dont come to black people unless they want to use us

    • Vivian

      April 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      This comment reeks of the simplicity of a child’s mind. A child who has no hold WHAT-SO-EVER on the complexity of the world he/she is in. Mr John, are you a child?

  3. Kelechi

    April 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

    This is were Feminist are meant to play a key role., and not I will not cook for my husband myth.

    • Agege Bread

      April 19, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Do we have feminist?
      What we have are e-rats and e-noisemakers,

    • Nelo

      April 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Stop displaying your ignorance. what does feminism have to do with the issue at hand? Iran is an Islamic nation and the ban and limitations on women are solely driven by the religion. I’m sure you cannot even define feminism if you are asked to do so.

    • Melo Melo

      April 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Feminism has everything to do with the issue on ground, Although Iran is an Islamic nation with Islamic law, that doesn’t change the main mantra of feminism which advocates for the right of women. I dare say that Feminism is needed more in Iran. Iran should better behave themselves and allow equality for all.

    • Onyie

      April 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      This is for @melo melo who i couldn’t reply directly. While i agree with you that feminism applies in this case, i disagree that it’s needed more in Iran than it is in Nigeria. Just because you have had access to opportunities and a different lifestyle does not mean every woman or girl child has had the same level of access to those opportunities. You need to visit the rural areas of this country and by this i mean the inner villages to see what young girls are going through all because they were born with body parts they didn’t ask for.

      Majority of them cannot read, write, did not attend school and were made to get married at the young age of 16/17. Most of these young ladies i spoke with wanted to go to school or at least experience life before they settled down but they weren’t given that choice because they are female. This is even separate from the northern part of the country were we have more cases of child marriages, VVF etc. Generally you still have parents teaching their female children not to be too ambitious, to limit their potential because being too forward, too knowledgeable or achieving too much could limit their chances of finding husbands,,,which is apparently the be all and end all of being born female. Do you know that women in Nigeria are taught that they can’t make decisions on birth control or even decisions on their health without permission from their husbands? A woman with HIV that i met in the course of my work couldn’t seek treatment because her husband forbade her from visiting the hospital. We had to go speak with the husband before he permitted her to access treatment.

      I was told recently by my fellow woman that because i am a woman i don’t have a church, a house or a name until a man puts me in his house. I was also told that i must make sure i don’t own any assets until i get married and my husband gives me permission to own said assets. Feminise is about equity and equality between both genders. It’s about CHOICE which a lot of women do not have access to. Do you know the UN has stated that it’s going to take about 170 years to achieve what feminism is fighting for? 170 years!

      I apologise for the epistle but trust me when i say as much as the tenets of feminism are needed in the middle eastern countries, we need it as much here in Nigeria.

    • Melo melo

      April 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      @Onyie I agree with most of what you wrote but I still stand by my original statement that feminism is needed more in Iran than Nigeria. This is just basic, Same way Feminism is needed more in Northern Nigerian than in the South.

    • Moniker

      April 19, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Exactly my point brov. Been expecting a full team taking a plane to address their spiritual leader. Lolz

    • RE

      April 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Same thing I was thinking. Instead of fighting against “mansplaining”, fight for women who are genuinely being discriminated against, I will be willing to stand up and fight for women like this,

  4. Puzzles

    April 19, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I hate to imagine what it’s like living in a country like Iran. Yes, Nigeria isn’t perfect but some do have it worse.

  5. Spunky

    April 19, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Kelechi, I agree with you. This is crazy.

  6. dd

    April 19, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Ridiculousness! too ridiculous all these unecessary devilish oppression things need to stop…..Arrant nonsense. some of these folks need to live their muslim countries 2 see the light somewhere else.. legal action what nonsense!!!.

  7. issorite

    April 19, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I’m not a muslim but meehn thank God for our muslim sisters here o at least they don’t have to struggle with such ridiculous treatment, well except, in the north, that is for worse case scenario.

  8. aunty

    April 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

    where are all those Nigerian women that claim feminism never did anything for them?
    equal rights is common sense. if you dont believe in feminism, you have no sense. qed

  9. onyii

    April 19, 2017 at 11:54 am


  10. Moniker

    April 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    In all of these, there are still rapists, pedophiles and gays amongst them. Hypocrisy in the name of religion is killing them. Thank God for Jesus who has paid the price for ALL men and WOMEN alike.

  11. OJ

    April 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    these are the kind of people and places people like chimamanda and fellow feminazis should take their equality campaign to…and not sitting in the comfort of a free society and be talking about gender this gender that where women are already liberated and free to make their choices, if truly you have the interest of the women folks at her, take your fight to these countries

  12. RE

    April 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Honestly do the people in power in these countries have any conscience. @issorite you’re right, I really thank God for our Muslim sisters here (at least in the South, even the North isn’t this bad). These women are just seen as objects, they can’t even ride bicycle, what kind of life is that.

  13. Nunulicious

    April 19, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Na wa oh.

  14. REE

    April 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Nigeria is such a free country.

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