In the wake of verdicts issued by a number of religious scholars including Makarem Shirazi and the decision made by the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, “women’s presence in sports stadiums is out of question for good.” This was announced by Minoo Aslani, head of the Women’s Society Bassij (affiliated with the IRGC) in an interview with the state-run news outlets.
Aslani said, “Since the views of religious scholars stand equal to the verdicts of the Quran and Islam, the demand for presence of women in sports stadiums is a fabricated demand to raise uproar. This case has been closed for ever by the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi.”
She added that the Social-Cultural and Family-Women Council of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution also indicated that the opposition by Makarem Shirazi is the last word, and as a result, believed that the adoption of any bill on women’s presence in stadiums would be unnecessary.
The Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution has removed the issue of women’s presence in stadiums from its agenda, altogether and announced that women’s society faces numerous other problems that enjoy priority. (The state-run Fars news agency – December 9, 2017)
Some of the regime’s officials in charge of women’s affairs had previously promised that the government would pass a “directive” on women’s presence in sports stadiums.