Thoughts On The Burqa

Posted July 20, 2010 from United States
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I'm sad to see that France is banning the burqa. I don't want to wear a burqa, but who am I to say how other women should or should not dress? I'm sure some of the things that I wear could be offensive or misunderstood in another country and culture.

I lived in Afghanistan for a while, and I'm grateful to say that it taught me how to look beyond what someone wears. I actually met many empowered women who just happened to wear burqas on the streets. I know some women are forced to wear the burqa and other things that they don't want to wear. That's too bad.

If you want to listen to the rest of my rant, please check out my podcast episode that I just posted:

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  • Nusrat Ara
    Jul 22, 2010
    Jul 22, 2010

    Hello Liz,

    It's so important that we learn to look beyond what we or soemone else wears. I remember a girl still in school in a European country commenting on my pic. This is 21st century. It was guided by my dress. Even though my head was bare and I wasn't wearing a burqa ( I was wearing a kammez shalwar, you must be familiar with it) she chose not to look further. I had finished my post graduation and was working at that time. I think the girl could not have guessed that much. At first I was enraged but then it turned into a sort of amusement as I realised how vain people can be, how ignorant and superflous.


  • lizgrover
    Jul 22, 2010
    Jul 22, 2010

    It's nice to have your support. I've worn a kammez shalwar many times :-) And I always covered my head with a scarf when I lived in Kabul. To be honest, with all the dust, I preferred to cover my hair. The interesting thing to me is that people forget that freedom is not found in clothing. Freedom is found in a much deeper place.

    I always appreciate your comments, and again, I can't wait to meet you in your own country.

    Peace, Liz