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After the 1979 Iranian revolution, women lost many rights they once enjoyed. Laws segregated the sexes and literally sidelined women—who now can’t even watch sports in stadiums. That ban was extended to volleyball in 2012, a hugely popular sport in Iran. Since then, Iranian women have been fighting this ugly discrimination—even risking jail. Iran’s ban violates women’s rights, the Olympic Charter, and even the International Volleyball Federation’s (FIVB) own constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

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FURTHER READING

HRW press releases

Iran: Kish Island Open, Closed Off to Women 2/16/16

Iran: Women Attending a Must for 2016 Volleyball 11/26/15

Iran: End Ban on Women at Volleyball Matches 10/29/15

How else are women’s rights restricted in Iran? 10/28/15

Iran: Volleyball Federation Should Penalize Ban on Women 7/2/15

HRW op-eds, dispatches, witness pieces

Banned from Stadiums for Being a Woman in Iran  6/30/16

Iran’s national volleyball team is a powerhouse – but female fans still can’t attend matches Quartz 6/28/16

Beach volleyball and women's rights in Iran? CNN Opinion 2/4/16

How does the Iran nuclear deal play into human rights? 10/28/15

In Iran’s “Freedom” Stadium, There is No True Freedom New York Times 8/27/15

Iranian Women Aren’t Even Allowed to Watch Volleyball, Now Quartz 6/23/15

Articles, non-HRW op-eds

NYT op-ed by Solmaz Sharif  NYT 8/17/6

Iranian Women Push for More Open Stadiums  NYT/AP 7/1/16

The Veiled Federation   FAZ (English) 7/5/16

Half the Freedom  FAZ (English) 1/19/16

Mega-Sporting Events (MSEs)

World Report 2015 chapter Raising the Bar 

Minky Worden - EP testimony  May 6, 2015

Minky Worden - EP testimony (video)  June 13, 2016