Women are right to boycott Iran’s chess tournament

Not since 1979, when leading American feminist Kate Millett joined thousands of women in protest of Iran’s revolutionary officials’ plan to reinstitute mandatory veiling, have Iranian women had a global advocate. That changed this September, when Georgian-American chess champion Nazi Paikidze announced she would not don the hijab to attend the 2017 World Chess Tournament in Tehran. She refused to attend the games on the basis of “sex discrimination” and has since been joined by several other players.

 

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