Iran: The NCRI Women’s Committee demands withdrawal of 2017 Women’s World Chess Championship

The Women’s Committee states that “the misogynist fundamentalists ruling Iran must never enjoy any opportunity to legitimize themselves since they take advantage of gender apartheid to suppress the crisis-riddled society in Iran and have a shameful, bloody record in clamping down on women. Instead, the regime must be asked to pledge to observe the most basic rights of the people of Iran, and particularly women, as a first step and the first condition for any engagement with other countries. This is a regime that does not even allow entrance of women and girls to sports stadiums.” 

Since the “moderate” Rouhani has taken office, seventy-one women have been executed. Futher, the Rouhani government has instructed universities to set regulations for women’s size of hi-heels, nails, and the color and pattern of clothes, and female students have to pledge to observe these rules before registration. The list of harassments endured by women goes on and on. 

“Awarding Women’s World (Chess) Championship to the clerical regime of Iran is tantamount to endorsing and accepting the suppression of Iranian women, particularly that in addition to the Iranian chess players, the fundamentalist rulers of Iran force female players from other countries to wear the hijab, as well,” states the Women’s Committee.    

All female chess players are called upon by the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, “to protest the FIDE decision in step with other top champions who have boycotted the games and declared their refusal to take part in the event in Tehran in protest to the mandatory veil and suppression of women in Iran.”