So you think you are having a rough day? Imagine breaking a sports record in your own country and then suffering the indignity of being told that your gender voids your success. That is what happened to Elham Asghari. She broke er 20KM open water swim record while wearing a ridiculously heavy swimsuit that covers everything but her face. Official judges recorded her event, but the misogynistic Iran officials refuse to acknowledge her based on religious bigotry.
Thankfully she is not giving up. She has created a video and a Change.org petition asking for international support to have her accomplishment officially recorded. You can read and sign the petition here: www.change.org/SupportElham Then watch the video “Support Elham: Iranian Swimmer Fights for her Record” on YouTube.com
As a lover of the outdoors I cannot stand to see women being forced to swim in such constricting attire. Feeling the water on my skin and the waves splashing against my body when I am swimming is wonderful. I never really thought about being lucky that I am allowed to swim in a small suit when others are not allowed such a “right”. I hope this empowers you to fight for what is important to you and that you will sign her petition and pass it on. Elham Asghari is a harbinger of change. We need more women and men like her who will stand up for what is right so we can evolve into empowered people.