The fact that women on Athos are not allowed caught the attention of the European Parliament. You can find many questions of members of the European parliament on the official site of the EU. Most of them in relation with the European money that is invested in de restauration of the Monasteries. And sometimes about the Avaton (the ban on women).
I found an European Parliament resolution on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union 2001 (2001/2014 (INI)). Number 78. is about lifting the Avaton, The text of the resolution:
“…. insists that the ban on women entering Mount Athos in Greece is lifted, Says that this is an area of 400 km2, where women are not allowed under a 1045 decision by the monks of the 20 monasteries in the area and that this decision today is a violation of generally accepted principles of equality between men and women of the Community legislation on non-discrimination and equality, as well as the provisions on free movement of persons within the EU”.
The resolution has had no effect until now.
Pictures of women are not forbidden though. This picture is taken in the hall of Esfigmenou, the most Orthodox of Orthodox Monastaries on Athos. You can see a – not religious – couple of farmers on the left side of the picture.