Plans for female deputy to address Friday prayers cancelled

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Plans for Masoumeh Ebtekar, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency of Iran, to address Friday prayers in Tehran have reportedly been cancelled.

Female speakers at Friday prayers, particularly for the highly important Tehran Friday prayers, are rare events in Iran. Ebtekar was to speak about air pollution and other environmental issues before Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi’s sermon this Friday. However, Fars News has reported that her speech was cancelled.

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