The clerical regime in the Iranian city of Isfahan outlawed bodybuilding activities for women, introducing a new body blow against the already dire condition for women in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Sheina Vojoudi, an Iranian dissident who fled to Germany to escape persecution, said the mullah regime does not want women to “feel powerful in Iran. It’s dangerous for the regime. Now the world can notice that this regime is just using Hijab as an excuse to suppress Iranian women. The Islamic Republic has been based on anti-women ideology. To suppress a society, first you suppress the women of that society. Since 1979, the Iranian women have always paid a heavy price for their rights, we’ve been oppressed, we’ve been harassed, we’ve been threatened by Basij and we’ve been deprived of our rights but we’re still fighting.”
The Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 ushered in the theocratic state that imposes gender apartheid on women, according to critics. The Basij is a para-military force used by the Iranian regime to enforce the disenfranchisement of women and crackdown on political dissent.
The Iranian regime-controlled media outlet Iran’s Metropolises News Agency reported this week that
Hossein Zibaei, the deputy director of sports development at the Isfahan Sports and Youth Administration, confirmed the prohibition of women’s bodybuilding activities and said about the ban: “This section has been notified to the general directorate of the country.”The outlet added that “In response to the question whether this notification has been issued for all provinces, he pointed out: this order came from the ministry and we just have to obey this order.”