Dis-Empowering Women Through International Sports?

June 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

In a disappointing mirror-image of other efforts to empower women through the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup (see the post: Empowering Women and Girls Through International Sports Exchanges), the Iranian women’s soccer team has gotten caught in the middle of political wrangling.  Here are two different takes on FIFA’s decision to disqualify the Iranian team for attempting to play in hijabs (headscarves):

FIFA Disqualifies Iranian Women’s Soccer Team: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/09/137089323/fifa-disqualifies-iranian-womens-soccer-team

Iran’s women footballers: Let them play (Al Jazeera): http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/201169102929334632.html

It’s a shame that these women athletes may lose their chance to compete for the World Cup.

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