Iran is hosting a world chess championship known as the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series in Tehran – and they’ve warned players that they will be required to wear a hijab at the 2017 event.
Anybody not adhering to that rule is subject to arrest, a fine, or public reprimand.
Any ideas what a ‘public reprimand’ means in Iran?
Via the Daily Mail:
Female Grandmasters will risk arrest if they do not cover up to compete in the strict Middle Eastern country due to host the knock-out tournament next year.
The World Chess Federation, known by its French acronym Fide, has now been accused of failing to stand up for women’s rights after telling players to accept the laws and respect ‘cultural differences’, The Telegraph reported.
For their part, the women participating in the tournament are fighting back, particularly US women’s champion, Nazí Paikidze.
“It is absolutely unacceptable to host one of the most important women’s tournaments in a venue where, to this day, women are forced to cover up with a hijab,” Paikidze said of Hillary Obama’s good friend Iran.
“I understand and respect cultural differences,” Paikidze added, “But failing to comply can lead to imprisonment and women’s rights are being severely restricted in general. It does not feel safe for women from around the world to play here.”
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has previously explained what makes Hillary a big champion of a country where “women’s rights are being severely restricted.”
“A Clinton presidency means … enabling our enemies,” Priebus claimed. “Just look at her disastrous Iran nuclear deal, which lined the pockets of the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism with your money.”
If the location of the chess tournament and the hijab requirement remain, Paikidze has vowed to boycott.
“If the situation remains unchanged, I will most certainly not participate in this event,” she declared.
Good on Paikidze. It’s time people like those running the World Chess Federation, Obama and Clinton, stopped kowtowing to countries that harbor 7th century attitudes towards women.
Cross-posted at the Political Insider