Iran: Presence of women in stadiums taken of Bassij’s agenda
The head of the Bassij Women’s Society said that the demand for the presence of women in stadiums is a fabricated demand by a number of secular feminists in the country, according to the state-run Fars news agency on December 9, 2017.
“With the fatwa of Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, this case was eternally shut,” Minu Aslani added. “Since the views of religious scholars stand equal to the verdicts of the Quran and Islam, the demand for presence of women in sports stadiums is a fabricated demand to raise uproar. This case has been closed for ever by the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi.”
She added that the Social-Cultural and Family-Women Council of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution also indicated that the opposition by Makarem Shirazi is the last word, and as a result, believed that the adoption of any bill on women’s presence in stadiums would be unnecessary.
The Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution has removed the issue of women’s presence in stadiums from its agenda, altogether and announced that women’s society faces numerous other problems that enjoy priority.
Some of the regime’s officials in charge of women’s affairs had previously promised that the government would pass a “directive” on women’s presence in sports stadiums.
According to the state-run ISNA news agency report on November 29, 2017, Makarem Shirazi, a Mullah close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei cited the history of the debate about the women’s presence at stadiums and said that bringing this issue up again is a deviation. “The plan was also put forward in the previous administration, but both the leadership and the religious authorities opposed it. However, unfortunately some people are still seeking approval (for the presence of women in stadiums), despite their knowledge of this issue”, the religious authority added.
“Is the problem with our country, the presence of women at stadiums”?
“Instead of writing a bill for women to enter stadiums, they should write a bill about prohibiting the price increase of bread and the elimination of unemployment and livelihood problems”, Shirazi added.