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.