IAPh 2021: Keynote Speaker Shohreh Bayat

Meet our keynote speaker Shohreh Bayat who will speak on the impact of religion on women’s rights at the IAPh conference 2021!

Shohreh Bayat is an Iranian chess referee and women’s rights activist. During her work as a referee at the 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship Match, a controversy arose in which Bayat was accused by the Iranian government of not wearing the hijab correctly in accordance with Iranian customs. The subsequent protest by Bayat, which saw her taking part in the WWCC 2020 without a hijab, sparked a political controversy in Iran, which in turn forced Bayat to flee. She fled to London.

In July she will be one of our keynoters for the conference IAPh – Defining the Future, Rethinking the Past, talking about the impact of religion on women’s rights. For information on her and our other keynoters, visit our website.

Iranian chess referee Shohreh Bayat looks on during the Women’s World Chess Championship in Vladivostok, Russia January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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