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INU - In an article about the prohibitions that Iranian women face published on October 18, the National Council of Resistance of Iran divulged a list of many that will be viewed as peculiar by people in other countries.

Deutsche Welle Farsi collected and reported a list of 20 strange prohibitions for women in Iran:

1. Cycling is prohibited for women - One of the most recent prohibitions for Iranian women is a ban on bike riding. Recently, Ali Khamenei, Iranian regime’s supreme leader, said: “Women’s cycling in public places and also in places where they are visible to strangers is forbidden.”

2. Women selfies with footballers is prohibited - After some Iranian women published their selfies on social networks with famous footballers, the Iranian regime’s “ethics committee” announced: “Women taking selfie photos [with male footballers] is prohibited.”

3. Employment of women in coffee shops is prohibited - Women are not allowed to work in some fields. In the latest example, Iranian Police announced: “Women’s employment in coffee shops (cafés) and coffeehouses is prohibited.”

4. Iranian women are not allowed to wear boots on pants -Iranian police, in line with their “winter combat (against mal-veiling)” plan, have announced that women are prohibited from wearing boots on pants.

5. Using hat or cap instead of scarf (veil) by women is prohibited - Iranian police also prohibited women from using hats instead of scarves or veils, and announced, “Those women who use hats (as a veil) instead of head scarves and wear tight, short winter coats will be dealt with.”

6. Women are prohibited swimming while wearing maillot or “swimming suit” - Women are not allowed to wear swimsuits for swimming in front of “stranger men.”

7. Women are barred from going on stage - According to Sharq newspaper, “Women musicians and performers in 13 provinces in Iran are not allowed to go on the stage for musical performance [playing musical instruments or singing, etc.].”

8. Women are not allowed to enter sport stadiums - Women are not allowed to enter sport stadiums, such as football or volleyball stadiums, when men are playing matches.

9. Women are not allowed to go to men’s section of Metro (Subway) or Bus - A small section in buses and subways is allocated to women, and they are not allowed to sit in the men’s section, which is much bigger, even if women’s section is full and men’s section is empty.

10. Wearing Support (legging) is prohibited for women - The Iranian regime’s police have in recent years prohibited women from wearing support (or leggings).

11. Women are not allowed to let their hair come out of either or both sides of their scarf or veil - The Iranian regime’s Police and Security forces have announced: “In the discussion on scarf and veil there is a point. Some people (women) think that if their hair is not shown from both sides of scarf but let their hair come out (and be seen) from one side of the scarf, this is not an instance of mal-veiling. In response, they should be told that changing the type of hairdressing is not applicable (the same) as fixed veiling (i.e. is not acceptable as proper veiling).”

12. Female students are prohibited to go camping with men -State-run Iranian media published an overview of the students mixed gender camping in the city of Jiroft as an example of non-compliance with “Islamic values” and a taboo.

13. Any contraceptive surgery is prohibited for women - In line with the Iran Regime’s policy to encourage population growth, any surgical procedure to prevent pregnancy is prohibited (for women) in Iran. In addition, publicity and advertising about contraception is also prohibited.

14. Women’s entry into coffeehouse and providing hookah to women is prohibited - According to the Union of coffeehouse (café) and traditional table houses, women’s entry into regular coffeehouses is “illegal” and the traditional coffee - and table - houses are “not authorized” to provide hookah to women.

15. Divorce at the request of women is not allowed - In Iran,  only men have the right to divorce, other than in exceptional cases. Normally women do not have the right, and are not allowed to divorce their husband even if a woman does not agree with her husband.

16. Iranian women are prohibited marrying non-Muslim men -According to Iranian regime’s laws, Iranian women are not allowed to marry non-Muslim men. However, Iranian men are allowed to marry non-Muslim “People of the Books” such as Christians and Jews.

17. Women are not allowed to obtain a passport or travel abroad without husband's permission - According to Iranian regime’s law, Iranian women are not allowed to obtain a passport or travel abroad without getting permission from their husband or legal male guardian.

18. Wearing manteau (coat) with writing on its back is prohibited for women - After the media affiliated with the Iranian regime's hardline faction criticized the release of “Women’s manteau (coat) with writing on its back” in Iran, Iranian police has announced plans to deal with the importers of these women’s coats. 

19. Holding track and field competition for women wearing internationally recognized clothing for this sport such as shorts and short-sleeve T-shirts is prohibited. - No explanation needed.

20. Iranian women are banned from education in some academic fields - In recent years, Iranian regime's oil minister announced: “Education of women in the field of operations such as drilling and processing and so on that require (physical) activities in operational areas and sites is useless and these are  masculine (men’s) jobs.” 

The bans have been changed over time, and many times become more intense and prohibitive. 

 

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