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Mothers Paradise: Women-Only Park Inaugurated In Tehran

Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr, ISNA

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Tehran's mayor opened a Park in central area of the capital just for women. In an official ceremony in Tehran this week, Mayor Mohammad Baqir Ghalibaf opened a new park designed exclusively for women's leisure and sport.

In the new park, called "Mothers' Paradise," women can walk, jog, and engage in other athletic activities without having to cover their heads.

Men can reportedly not see inside the park since it is surrounded by green walls and covered by bright-colored materials.

Tehran residents welcomed the launch of the park as an opportunity for women to act freely.

"Mothers' Paradise" is not the only such park in Iran, which provides women with an exclusive opportunity to feel secure and at home. Similar parks exclusively for women have already been established in other Iranian cities, including Mashad and Qom.

A new, 110-hectare women's park was established in the northeastern city of Mashad three years ago.

"According to the studies that we have carried out, even from an aircraft flying over the park, women will not be seen because of the special arrangement of plant and trees," said Sedigheh Ghannadi, the head of the National Council of Women. "We have chosen trees that have greater covering and they will be planted in four rows and form a green wall."

Likewise, men in Tehran cannot easily see inside the "Mothers' Paradise" park since its fencing is covered with white and orange canvas.

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