The reigning U.S. Women’s chess champion took a stand on behalf of women’s rights.
It was not an empty gesture, but something that cost her a lot.
Young Conservatives Reports
From The Blaze:
Nazi Paikidze is the reigning U.S. chess champion, but when the Iranian government told her she had to wear a hijab, the Muslim head veil, and restrict contact with men in order to compete in the world competition hosted by Iran this year, she refused. The “morality laws” were supported by FIDE, the international organization that coordinates the world chess championship event.
“By participating, I would be forced to submit to forms of oppression designed specifically for women,” Paikidze told Marie Clare magazine. “It sets the wrong example, particularly for young girls interested in chess.”
Paikidze posted further on Instagram about her decision.
This is a post for those who don’t understand why I am boycotting FIDE’s decision. 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. For those saying that I don’t know anything about Iran: I have received the most support and gratitude from the people of Iran, who are facing this situation every day.
She said very clearly that she was not anti-Islam, but that she would not support the oppression, even if it made her miss one of the most important competitions in her career.
The world chess championship started on February 10th and ends March 5th.
By boycotting, Paikidze loses the opportunity to win over $100,000 in award money.
Paikidze was feeling her own absence, tweeting this out.
That’s principle on behalf of women’s rights.
Taking a stand, no matter that it cost her something that she wanted dearly.
Kudos to Nazi Paikidze on her stand!