Women threaten Iran chess contest boycott over need to cover up

Source: Times of Israel

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has now come under criticism for agreeing to Iran’s strict clothing requirements for women.US Women’s Champion Nazi Paikidze said she would not be attending,telling the Telegraph “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.”She added: “I understand and respect cultural differences. But, failing to comply can lead to imprisonment and women’s rights are being severely restricted in general.” Former Pan American champion Carla Heredia agreed, saying “No woman should be forced to wear a hijab.”


Categories: Asia, Iran

1 reply

  1. When few European countries forcefully enact anti hijab and anti buriqini laws why you people do not make such hue and cry. Is it not a double standard? Iran if claims itself a secular state should not impose such restrictions.

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