Does banning the burqa liberate or patronise women?

Helen Roxburgh
Posted February 8, 2011 from United Kingdom

One of the thorniest issues - particularly as I am not a Muslim - is to try and write about the burqa or the niqab being worn. Some people will tell me that it's oppressive, a way of controlling women and of segregating them. In cases such as the Taliban's extreme rule over Afghanistan in the 1990s for example, that was shown to be the case and it was a horrific time for many women. But in a country like Germany or France, I wonder how many women are forced or pressured into covering up, and whether the government is violating their human rights by changing the law to tell them how to dress. My post on this from today is here and if you are a Muslim woman who does or doesn't wear a headscarf or veil - let me know your thoughts! I'd love to hear from any one with thoughts on this difficult topic... All the very best Helen

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  • Tanzina Choudhury
    Feb 08, 2011
    Feb 08, 2011

    Dear Helen!

    As a muslim girl, I feel that it is never right to think that when a girl wears a hijab, she is surely wearing it under pressure from her family members. I also cover my head when I go out because this gives me confidence more than anything else do. With my hijab, I am doing everything that gives me pleasure. For example, I have performed Umrah Hajj two times but I also attend cultural functions while still wearing my scarf, my identity. I attend my university classes with it as well as I wear it while attending my workplace. I think what you wear is completely upon your choice and decision. I do not support the decisions (regarding veils) taken by some countries because I think these violate the codes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


    Tanzina Ahmed Choudhury

  • Helen Roxburgh
    Feb 08, 2011
    Feb 08, 2011

    Hi Tanzina,

    Thank you so much for your comment! It means a lot to get feedback, I really appreciate it, and it helps to add to the debate. It seems to me there aren't enough Muslim women involved in the decision making processes in a lot of countries where the veil has been banned too?

    All the best Helen