10 places in the world still forbidden to women

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Martí Micolau

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Male societies? Culturally backward countries? Areas where religion predominates? There are several reasons that continue to do so today there are places in the world that are forbidden to women, but often the reasons go much deeper than we can understand. Let's find out under what circumstances there are such strong traditions that women are not welcome.


  1. Ayyappan Temple - Sabarimala, India
  2. Mount Athos, Greece
  3. Saudi Arabia
  4. Burning Tree Club, Bethesda, United States
  5. Mount Omine, Japan
  6. Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, India
  7. Tour de France and Giro d'Italia
  8. Football stadiums, Iran
  9. Hindu temples in India and Bali (Indonesia)
  10. Polling stations, Vatican City
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Ayyappan Temple - Sabarimala, India

This temple, which is located in the state of Kerala, India, is a sacred place for practitioners of Hinduism. Entry is forbidden to all women of aged 6 and 60 years, extended period compared to the female fertile age.
The reasons are attributable to the God Ayyappan who is venerated here: the god is a "Bramhachari", that is, he made a vow of chastity, so the presence of a fertile woman is definitely inappropriate.

2 - Mount Athos, Greece

The ban that vice on this ancient mountain does not only apply to women, but also to many female pets: according to a centuries-old belief, the presence of females inhibits the path towards enlightenment by the monks who live in more than 20 eastern monasteries. This mountain, known as the "sacred mountain", is self-governing and is only accessible by ferry, obviously only for men with a special permit.

3 - Saudi Arabia

Entering Saudi Arabia is difficult for anyone, especially women: to enter, they must submit a specific application ed be absolutely accompanied by a male relative.

But even if the ok is obtained, staying in Saudi Arabia is still not easy for a woman, who needs a man to do almost everything. Moreover, females are not allowed to drive.

4 - Burning Tree Club, Bethesda, United States

This golf course, located in Maryland, was purpose built like place for political relations in the United States. Each president of the Federal Supreme Court is an honorary member of this post, but no woman is allowed entry.

5 - Mount Omine, Japan

Mount Omine was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004, but due to a general secular ban women cannot access it. Because? For over 1.300 years only men were able to walk the rocky paths that lead to the Buddhist temple placed on the top of the mountain, and the tradition continues according to the belief that women would be a distraction for religious pilgrims.

6 - Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, India

Still a sacred place, still India: most mosques do not allow women to enter where the sanctuary is. Here women were admitted only for a short time; the permit was revoked in 2012.

7 - Tour de France and Giro d'Italia

Have you ever noticed? No woman participates in these two important sports competitions, open only to men. For women there are similar parallel competitions, but - as often happens - much less famous than the men's competition.

8 - Football stadiums, Iran

In Iran, women cannot enter the stadium: clearly visible signs warn that women cannot enter, even if accompanied by a man.

An example is the case of a football fan, 22-year-old Shakiba, who disguised herself as a man on May 13, 2016 to protest against this ban and managed to evade surveillance. A gesture that goes much beyond the simple passion for sport ...

9 - Indu temples in India and Bali (Indonesia)

Signs displayed outside some temples warn that menstruating women cannot access: It is not clear how this ban is controlled, but it is based on religious belief, particularly by Hindus and Orthodox, that menstruating women are impure. Sometimes even women are threatened with violence if they do not comply with the prohibition.

10 - Polling stations, Vatican City

Currently women do not have the right to vote in the Vatican, but beware: this happens because the vote is reserved only for Cardinals, who is entrusted with the arduous task of the election of the Pope.

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