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Thursday, October 6, 2016

The 2016 US Women’s Chess Champion made a bold stance against the oppressive Iranian regime.

Nazí Paikidze-Barnes is boycotting the World Championship in the hostile and oppressive country. She would be forced to wear a hijab, so she is skipping it entirely. This is a big sacrifice as it would be the biggest event of her career.

“I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression. Even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career,” she said.

She has been called Islamaphobic, but she clarified her decision on Instagram as being one that is supportive of the women of Iran who are treated so poorly. If Iran respected women, they would not force women to wear hijabs. Instead, it would be a personal choice.

Nazí was born in Siberia, but moved to Georgia at a young age. While her name might raise a few eyebrows here, it is a common name in Georgia. She later came to the United States and lives in Las Vegas with her husband.

I stand with Nazí’s decision. The women who live in oppressive regimes often don’t have champions. Now they have an actual champion bringing attention to their cause.

SHARE this if you support Nazí’s decision!

H/T: The Rebel

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