Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Where's All The Good News From Iran?

In honor of the tireless media-watchdogs, so fond of complaining about the lack of positive reportage from Iraq, here's a bit of bright news straight out of Iran:

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has ordered authorities to allow women to enter sports stadiums and attend national football games.

RFE/RL: You and many other women in Iran have been fighting for the right to enter stadiums and attend football matches. Your leg was actually broken last year when you and a group of activists tried to push your way into Tehran stadium. How do you feel today, now that President Ahmadinejad has ordered that women be allowed into stadiums?

Mahboubeh Abbass-Gholizadeh: Our reaction -- the reaction of many of those who have been involved in this campaign, and we've been talking about it -- is first of all [happiness]. We are all happy that the women's movement could successfully reach [at least] one of its least important demands. We consider this a victory for the women's movement. But this is happening at a time when there are many pressures with regard to [restrictions on] women's clothing. This achievement is for us a result of the efforts of our women and girls, especially since last year. It was necessary, but [it is] not enough.

Especially since single women are still shit-outta-luck.

Still, any victory for women's rights is a victory. Right on,
Mahboubeh Abbass-Gholizadeh.


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