For the first time in almost four decades, women in Iran have been allowed to buy tickets and attend a sporting match at public stadiums.
On October 10, thousands of Iranian women packed Azadi or Freedom stadium in Tehran to watch their side thrash Cambodia.
The football match itself didn’t make headlines, but the female spectators cheering their team on, garnered a lot of attention. Iranian women were previously forbidden from entering stadiums.
But many are still asking whether Tehran’s move signals more inclusiveness to come – or is it just a cosmetic distraction from the real issue of women’s rights.
For a unique perspective on the sport – and how it plays into women’s rights in the Islamic nation – we were joined by Katayoun Khosrwyar, former Head coach of Iran’s Under 19 women’s National Team.