The Women’s World Chess Championship is underway in Iran. There is just one requirement to play, you must wear a headscarf, a sign of oppression to many women across the world.
Without much media attention, some women, including the U.S. Chess Champion, are refusing to participate after being told they would not be allowed to play unless they covered themselves. Mainstream media is refusing to cover their protests. Here is an update from Wikipedia.
SOME TOP FEMALE PLAYERS HAVE DECIDED NOT TO ATTEND THE WOMEN’S WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017. HOU YIFAN, THE REIGNING WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION AND TOP-RANKED FEMALE PLAYER, DECIDED NOT TO ENTER THE TOURNAMENT BECAUSE OF DISSATISFACTION WITH FIDE’S WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SYSTEM. THE 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION, MARIYA MUZYCHUK, AND CURRENT US WOMEN’S CHAMPION NAZI PAIKIDZE ALSO ELECTED NOT TO ATTEND, OUT OF PROTEST AT THE TOURNAMENT’S LOCATION IN IRAN, WHERE IT IS MANDATORY FOR WOMEN TO WEAR THE HEADSCARF IN PUBLIC. OTHER NOTABLE ABSENTEES ARE WOMEN’S WORLD NUMBER 4 HUMPY KONERU AND 7-TIME US WOMEN’S CHAMPION IRINA KRUSH.
HERE IS NAZI PAKIDZE, THE U.S. WOMEN’S CHAMPION WHO REFUSES TO WEAR THE REQUIRED HEADSCARF AND SO IS NOT ALLOWED TO COMPETE AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN IRAN: