Iran Eases Ban on Women Attending Sports Matches

Iran has partially lifted a ban on women attending men's sports matches, the deputy sports minister said on Saturday, days after a court pardoned an Iranian-British woman who had been jailed for protesting against the law. Iran's Islamic law bars women from watching men playing sports. The new policy for women and families will come into effect during this Iranian year. Last week, the Court of Appeal pardoned Ghoncheh Ghavami, an Iranian-British national who had been arrested in June outside a stadium, where she and others were demanding that women be allowed in to watch a men's volleyball match.



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