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New HRW's campaign for women's right in Iran is about volleyball

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info, with agencies - November 05, 2015, 11h49

Human Rights Watch has just launched a new campaign for another aspect of women’s rights in Iran: The #Watch4Women campaign is fighting for women’s right to attend men’s volleyball matches in Iranian stadiums.
 
Volleyball is a hugely popular sport in Iran and a great source of national pride. The prohibition against women and girls watching volleyball games in stadiums is symptomatic of the longstanding, serious rights abuses and discrimination, women and girls in Iran face.

Ending the ban preventing female spectators from entering stadiums would be a symbolically important step toward greater gender equality in Iran and should be a top priority for the International Volleyball Federation.

In a press release, Kenneth Roth, HRW Executive Director, said: “Our ask is simple: The International Volleyball Federation, the FIVB (think of it as the FIFA of Volleyball), should uphold its own rules and announce that Iran can NOT host future tournaments—unless they allow Iranian women to attend.”

People can join the campaign by tweeting the International Federation of VolleyBall, or by  pasting HRW’s #Watch4Women animation in their Facebook post comments.

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#HRW, #Iran, #Women
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