The 2016 Women’s Chess Champion just told Iran where to put it’s rule about players wearing a hijab while participating in a world tournament held there. This is a remarkable bold move by a champion because she has decided to forgo the event if made to wear the garment. It’s a powerful statement and one that will get a lot of reviews and scorn, but she is well within her rights as a human to wear it or not.
What genius thought it’d be a good idea to hold a women’s competition in a nation that is completely intellectually and morally bankrupt of human rights, in general, and women’s rights, in particular? Please, someone, tell me how that happened.
— Breaking News World (@BreakingNews_nl) October 5, 2016
From CNS News:
At least one competitor, United States 2016 women’s chess champion Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, has come out publicly against the decision to hold the event in Iran because of the hijab issue, a stance which she says has drawn both supportive and negative – “even threatening” – responses.
“I think it’s unacceptable to host a WOMEN’S World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens,” Paikidze-Barnes said in a message posted on social media.
Paikidze-Barnes, who is of Georgian heritage, said she would not “wear a hijab and support women’s oppression. Even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career.”
Karlovich said it was not a FIDE regulation or requirement that women taking part in the event wear the Islamic garment, which traditionally covers the head and chest.
At the same time, she pointed to British foreign office travel advicethat visitors to Iran “should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend.”
(The U.S. State Department advises visitors to “[c]onsult a guide book on Iran to determine how to dress and behave properly and respectfully. Women should expect to wear a headscarf and a long jacket that covers the arms and upper legs while in public.”)
“FIDE is nevertheless reviewing all possible solutions for the players’ comfort and will discuss all the issues with the organizers in Iran during meetings in the next few weeks,”
They should never hold the event in Iran anyway. That country harbors terrorists that kill Christians on a regular basis. Christian and other minorities are killed in this country where they have no civil rights, and Sharia is the law of the land. No one, particularly women, should go there, and God forbid if you are a Christian or a Jew! Homosexuals and transgenders may be looking for a death sentence!
Do you think this young champion was well within her rights to abstain from wearing the hijab? Do you think she will change her mind to play in the tournament or forfeit and possibly lose millions? Share your opinions below in the comment section and let me know what you think.
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