Iran: Will Culture Minister lift ban on women singing solo?

The Iranian Ministry of Culture has indicated that it may lift the ban on women singing solo in front of mixed audiences, which has been forbidden since the 1979 revolution.


“Some religious authorities have said that so long as solo singing by women does not lead to corruption, it is admissible,” Jannati reportedly said in October. In late October, an all-female folklore band received official permission to perform at one of Tehran’s top halls. But the government’s action was the exception rather than a new rule. And females are still nervous about potential repercussions.

“Why should I be kept under so much stress before my performance?” singer Jivad Sheikholeslami told the Financial Times.

“If the female voice was against religion, God would have created us mute.”

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