This morning I encouraged readers to sign Nazí Paikidze-Barnes‘s petition against FIDE, the World Chess Federation, for setting its Women’s World Championship in Iran, requiring all women players to wear the hijab. At the time there were 803 signatories and a goal of 1000. As of a few minutes ago, the signatories have almost exactly doubled in number, and the goal has risen. I know that many of the readers here have signed, because I get an email when they do and mention me. But I’m sure many others have signed without mentioning me; so thank you to all of you.
I wouldn’t urge people to consider signing if I didn’t think this petition might have an influence on FIDE; most Change.org petitions probably accomplish nothing. But what we have here is a petition about a small tournament that has much bigger potential to change policy towards religious osculation, and to give the progressive women of Iran the support they need to throw off the shackles of their second-class status. So, if you haven’t signed yet, please consider it. Click on the screenshot below to sign. It’s for the women of Iran, and thanks to Nazí Paikidze-Barnes for starting it.