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Old October 4th, 2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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World Chess Championship Demands All Woman Wear Head Scarves to Respect Iran.

American Competitor is Having None of It


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In late September, world chess governing body FIDE awarded the hosting duties of the 2017 world championship tournament to Iran. In addition, they noted that ó in order to respect the traditions of the host nation ó women would be required to cover their heads during the competition.

Many American chess players found the move untenable, however, and threatened to boycott the tournament:

Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, the 2016 American Chess Champion, gave an interview with Masih Alinejad of My Stealthy Freedom (a campaign against Iran's strict hijab laws) during which she explained her decision:

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Nazi Paikidze US champion in a short interview with Masih Alinejad: "When I learned about the situation in Iran, that to this day, women are forced to wear hijab, I was heartbroken. I think most people donít realize how severely restricted womenís rights are in Iran in general. Some consider a hijab part of culture. But, I know that a lot of Iranian women are bravely protesting this forced law daily and risking a lot by doing so. Thatís why I will NOT wear a hijab and support womenís oppression. Even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career. I found My Stealthy Freedom Campaign by doing a lot of research online. Since I was faced with this issue directly I wanted to learn more. I want to thank you for what you are doing and what you have already done for womenís rights. It is inspiring and brave work. I am hoping that by speaking up, I will inspire others to do the same. The more people standing together, the better chance we have for equality.

World Chess Championship Demands All Woman Wear Head Scarves to Respect Iran. American Competitor is Having None of It
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