- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On November 14, 2011
- 32 Comments
- olympics, veil
Have you noticed how they are always able to ‘compromise’ when it comes to women’s rights? Well at least that’s what they call it. According to FIFA, the Football Federation, the hijab is cultural, thereby allowing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s women footballers to participate in the Olympics.
They call it cultural because it wouldn’t be allowed if it was deemed to be religious or political since such symbols are banned in the Olympics in order to create a neutral sporting environment.
FIFA may call it cultural in its compromise of women’s right but it is anything but.
Simply put, the football players would be arrested and imprisoned if they weren’t veiled as it is it the LAW in Iran. And millions of women and girls have been harrassed, fined, intimidated and arrested for ‘improper’ veiling over the past several decades.
Anyone who has ever taken an Iran Air flight will verify how quickly veils are removed the minute the airplane leaves Iranian airspace.
And anyone who knows anything about Iran knows the long and hard struggle that has taken place against compulsory veiling and sex apartheid.
Cultural, I think not!