Women in Chess Foundation

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Thomas Rendle
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Women in Chess Foundation

Post by Thomas Rendle » Mon Oct 09, 2023 6:03 pm

"The Women in Chess Foundation was created as a response to those who have courageously shared their experiences with harassment. We aim to support & empower women in chess, while making the community safer for everyone through our Advocacy Initiative and Safety Guideline Reform."

More can be found by those on Twitter: https://twitter.com/womeninchess

Alternatively: https://www.womeninchess.com/

Looks like a promising board of directors to me, with Jennifer Shahade one high profile name.

Thomas Rendle
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Re: Women in Chess Foundation

Post by Thomas Rendle » Thu Oct 12, 2023 7:11 pm

Chess.com & Leon Watson covering the news.

A quick excerpt:

"The foundation aims to recruit and train scores of volunteers, known as certified "advocates," to be present at as many chess tournaments as possible and stamp out sexism.

"Our goal is to have a diverse set of Advocates from chess players to arbiters to organisers, to even parents accompanying their children to tournaments," the foundation said in a press release sent out this week.

"Advocates are trained in how to deal with issues of misconduct, harassment or bullying, along with navigating the often complex complaints procedures that chess federations have. We hope this will mean that people at chess tournaments will always have somewhere to turn."

Outside of tournaments, women and girls will also be able to seek support via the foundation's website, womeninchess.com, which also offers them a clear and easy way to report issues anonymously if necessary."

Rosemary Gibson
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Re: Women in Chess Foundation

Post by Rosemary Gibson » Wed Nov 15, 2023 3:39 am

It is indeed an encouraging development.

Paul Cooksey
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Re: Women in Chess Foundation

Post by Paul Cooksey » Fri Dec 08, 2023 2:18 pm

A fundraiser online today:

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/lularobs (various events including Naka v MVL later)

Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/4956430

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