Episode 1: Freedom After Expression for Women in Public Sphere (Stadiums)


In the first episode of Freedom After Expression, legal experts discuss the case of women in stadiums in Iran. In doing so, they explore the specifics of freedom of assembly, while closely looking at relevant laws and arguments of the Islamic Republic justifying the banning of women’s presence in stadiums. Further, this discussion also provides an overview of the historic and political factors that have contributed to the challenges of women’s presence in stadiums in contemporary Iran.


Mehrangiz Kar, Habib Farahzadi and Shohreh Sharifi
Mehrangiz Kar is an award-winning Iranian writer, scholar, attorney, and activist specializing in women's rights and family law.

Habib Farahzadi is a student activist and a law graduate from Tehran University. He is also a translator and a researcher. He was deprived from the university for three semesters, and was detained for a month due to his activism. His translations and writings have appeared in a number of publications available online. Subsequent to a jail sentence, he left Iran in 2012, and currently resides in the United States.

Shohreh Sharifi received her JD from Tehran University in 2012. Currently, she collaborates with a number of civil society institutions, focusing on human rights and technology.
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