Success: Woman Imprisoned for Watching Sports Freed


Target: Ayatollah Seyyed ‘Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Republic

Goal: Thank Ayatollah Seyyed ‘Ali Khamenei for dismissing charges against Ghoncheh Ghavami.

A British-Iranian woman who was jailed for attending a volleyball match has been bailed for £20,000 and the charges against her have been dismissed by an appeals court in Tehran. Ghoncheh Ghavami was wrongly detained for her peaceful protesting efforts and this has spurred Iran’s government to make change.

The efforts at ForceChange have paid off and not only will Ghavami be allowed to return to her family, but Iran will also ease the ban on foreign women being able to attend men’s sports matches in Iran. Women have been banned from attending men’s sport matches since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. It is time to make even more progress and allow not just foreign women to attend these matches, but all Iranian women who wish to attend.

Ghavami went on hunger strikes while she was in jail, causing the world to pay attention to the injustice faced by women in Iran. Her bravery caught the attention of the President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Sepp Blatter, who called the ban on women attending men’s sports matches “intolerable” and urged Iran’s government to make changes.

There is still a long way to go in this fight for equality, but Ghavami has greatly helped women’s progress towards equality. Thank the Ayatollah for pardoning Ghavami from these unjust charges and making progress in equal rights for women.


Your Excellency,

I would like to thank you for pardoning Ghoncheh Ghavami and allowing some foreign women and their families to attend men’s sports matches in the future. It is the first step in achieving equality for women in Iran.

Ghoncheh Ghavami was engaging in a peaceful protest when she was arrested for wanting to attend a men’s volleyball match. The arrest was unjust and based on an outdated law from the Iranian Revolution that first banned women from attending men’s sports matches.

Thanks to Ghavami’s peaceful protesting, Iran’s government has made progress toward allowing more women to attend these matches. Ghavami is not alone in her quest to achieve this equality. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Sepp Battler recently called Iran’s ban on women attending men’s sport matches “intolerable” and it is likely that this is the reason why Iran was denied the opportunity to host the 2019 Asian Cup.

While it is fantastic that you have pardoned Ghavami from her unjust charges, I urge you to continue to make progress in this area and lift the ban on Iranian women attending men’s sports matches as well.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Stan Benton says:

    Why don’t they just ban men from attending sporting events? Then they’d have “equality”? Every version of this Sharia law seems to have one main premise: think of every silly way to kill human rights, and make it a law. Why on Earth would any people, or any religion, agree to live under such a law?

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