Doha Debates– Don't settle for a Divided World
Podcast / November 24 2022

Athletes join the fight for women's rights in Iran

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At first glance, the 2022 protests in Iran might not seem like a sports story. But in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, there were calls to bar Iran from the tournament altogether because of its government’s treatment of women. Women in Iran have some rights, like access to education, the ability to vote and the right to be elected to Parliament—but they can’t choose whether to wear the hijab, and until recently, they couldn’t attend most sporting events. With Iranian women still unable to attend men’s soccer (football) matches in their home country, many have traveled to Qatar to attend World Cup matches.

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