Darya Safai

Darya Safai is an Iranian women’s rights activist and politician.

Born in Tehran, Safai experienced first hand what it was to live as an oppressed woman in a religious dictatorship. She actively participated in the 1999 student protests and was imprisoned as a result, escaping Iran to Belgium after being temporarily released on bail.

In 2014 Safai founded Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums, a campaign to win Iranian women the right to attend sports games in Iran. She used the stadium ban as a symbol of the broad discrimination women suffer in Iran.

She has published two books, Running Against The Wind and Suddenly I Wasn’t Allowed To Laugh Anymore, and was elected to the Belgian Parliament in 2019, where she sits on the Defence and Foreign Affairs Committees.



Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums with Darya Safai

Darya Safai, Iranian women’s rights campaigner and founder of Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums, addresses the 8th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. On growing up in Iran: “I grew up in the religious dictatorship of the Islamic Republic