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Skydiver Sassani Pushing Stereotypes Aside

Bahareh SassaniBahareh Sassani

For Iranian parachuting enthusiast Bahareh Sassani, skydiving is “a way to prove that women are just as capable as men,” a small step from a big height for women in the country.

The 35-year-old accountant has been skydiving for less than two years but already has more than 220 jumps under her belt, AFP reported on Tuesday.

“I encourage all women to try this experience. It gives you the feeling you can do whatever you want. Women should not be excluded from anything,” she said.

At the start, her motivation for taking up skydiving was to combat a fear of heights, she said. But now she loves the sense of liberation from everyday cares that it gives her, she added.

Sassani has jumped in Russia, Kenya, Thailand and the UAE as well.

A recent photo did the rounds in the Iranian media, showing Sassani jumping with an Iranian flag. “I meet lots of cultures and beliefs abroad, but I’m a patriot and I love doing jumps in Iran more than anything,” she adds.

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