In a historic move, the Islamic Republic of Iran allowed women to attend an international football friendly against Bolivia at the Azadi national stadium in Tehran on Tuesday.
Women were barred from attending matches since the 1979 Islamic revolution to protect them from the masculine atmosphere. But on Tuesday, female fans were permitted to cheer on their team with horns and national flags from a separate stand inside the stadium.
Interesting pictures popping up on social media. Seems like females were allowed to attend the Iran vs. Bolivia soccer match at Azadi Stadium. Progress. #stadiumban @MaraGubuan @Lolo_Nicole @FredParvaneh pic.twitter.com/0QQPRlkXZS
— Hooman MO Tavakolian (@Hoomanities) October 16, 2018
“The women allowed to enter Azadi Stadium tonight include the national football team’s family members, the national women’s football and futsal teams, the football federation’s female employees and of course a number of female football fans,” Iranian news site Varzesh3 said.
The ban on women in stadiums has been frequently criticized from across the political spectrum, but the move is seen as a step away from the patriarchy associated with the country. It was a joyous occasion for the passionate as well, as Iran beat the south American nation 2-1.