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Volleyball Match Recalls Attention to General Climate of Social Repression in Iran

BY INU Staff
INU- On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that women had been barred from attending a men’s Beach Volleyball World Tour competition that recently took place over five days on Iran’s Kish Island. The incident has re-focused attention upon the controversy over Iran’s policy of separating men and women in such public places as sports venues. More specifically, it has  re-focused attention upon campaigns to encourage international governing bodies to put pressure on the Iranian government to relax the stadium ban.

Iranian Hardliners Work to Reverse Trends Toward Freedom for Women

By INU staff
INU - On Friday, the South African newspaper The Star published an editorial by journalist Shannon Ebrahim in which she described the differences between two trips she had taken to Iran: one 12 years ago and one just recently, during the tenure of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Ebrahim explained that on the surface, women look freer in Iran today, with fewer women wearing the traditional chador and less backlash against attire that might include pants and colorful headscarves.

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