|A hundred thousand people have signed the petition
to protest the lack of right to enter sports stadiums for women. Join
this protest campaign!
Dear friends, freedom-lovers, and opponents of Sexual Apartheid:
The Islamic Republic of Iran has denied women the simplest of rights
and imposed sexual apartheid on the society for the past 27 years.
One of the numerous bans on women in Iran is that they can’t enter
sports stadiums. For many of you who read this in the west, it may
be unbelievable that under the Islamic government in Iran , women
are deprived from many sports, and even when they can participate
must do so wearing the Islamic veil (Hijab). Moreover they cannot
enter sports stadiums to watch football matches. Any effort to enter
the stadium - individually or as a group – is met with arrest and
A few young girls have managed to enter the stadium by dressing like
men. The important reality is that a protest movement exists against
this shameless behavior of the Islamic government and this obvious
apartheid in Iran .
Activists and defenders of women rights have repeatedly gathered in
front of the stadium to protest this apartheid. Now they have collected
100000 signatures and sent it to FIFA. They are also calling for support
for their cause.
I invite all of you, human and women's rights bodies, athletes and
sports teams all over the world, to support Iranian women by signing
this protest petition defending the demand for women's presence in
stadiums. Write to the heads of the Islamic Republic of Iran and protest
against this Middle Ages-like treatment of women, sexual apartheid
and the obvious denial of women rights. Demand an end to all anti-women
Women's rights activist
Public Relations for the Organisation for Women’s Liberation
24 August 2006
Contact number: 00491775692413