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Scarves, Veils, Politics and Women

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Egypt: Faculty women to sue Cairo University for banning full-face veil for teachers

Netherlands: After 3 years & 2 coalition governments, parliament finally set for burqa bans

Russia: Muslim women in Moscow creating a more positive image of Islam via fashion

UK: Supreme Court rules in favour of Samantha Elauf denied a job by Abercrombie & Fitch over headscarf

India: Kerala High Court permits Muslim girls to wear hijab for medical entrance test

France: Male republicanism which trumped facts re the face veil, spreads to vulnerable prostitutes





India: Growing male alcoholism stirs Haryana women to defy marital violence, even discarding veils

Turkey: Women resist token govt reforms which have long disallowed Kurds their mother tongue

Syria: Heroic creativity & resilience of women in building peace and democracy escape political & media eyes

India: The turban both a symbol of identity & a ‘visual shield’ for women

Turkey: Female MPs don headscarves to mark the end of ban emphatically imposed since the early days of the Republic

India :Courageous 'Daughter of the Sea',Jazeera Vadakkan, undaunted by abuse & threats from Kerala’s all-powerful sand mafia

UK: Sahar Al Faifi answers the imperative for the voices of the face-veiled Muslim women to be heard

Iran: Shirin Gerami, wearing full Islamic attire, creates history in London triathlon grand final

Sweden: images/stories/SwedenHijabAppeal.jpg Thousands of women from all walks of faith don the veil after assault on hijab-attired pregnant woman

Palestine: images/stories/TYOFemDance.jpg Women’s Group in Nablus takes culturally sensitive approaches in quest for gender equity

Egypt: images/stories/WofWEgRev.jpg Words of Women project documents women’s leading role in country’s January 25 Revolution

Kyrgyzstan: images/stories/KyrgyzHijabs.jpg Women see new popularity of Hijab as about responsibility before Allah, faith & choice

Pakistan: images/stories/PakHazariFem.jpg Women rally against Govt apathy towards Hazara killings and insecurity

UK: images/stories/UKMuslimSufragettes.jpg New Muslim Suffragettes face death threats & fatwas for providng tortured & abused sisters with refuge


France: French burqa ban being both unequal & biased breeds Religious Intolerance

China: Mounting dress code repression from Xinjiang claims Uighur women as its first victims

Australia:   Qld Independent MP Peter Wellington's Identification Laws amendment bill dumped

Tajikistan: Education ministry equates Muslim headscarf with militant security threats

Canada: Report finds that women’s reasons for wearing the nijab are highly personal & individual

UK: Judge warns jury against prejudice after granting Muslim women her face veil entitlement

Global: A woman is more than her clothes, but her Islamic dress also about both choice & fashion

UK: Former justice secretary Ken Clarke [most unhelpfully] sledges court witness veils as “bags”

Read also: Ignore the Ukip bigotry and allow women to choose the attire compatible with their own beliefs

and: Shun France’s burqa ban  which both curbs liberty and subjects women to violent religious hatred

Sudan: Woman’s headscarf prosecution typifies c ountries where governments rregulating the wearing of religious symbols & attire

UK: Of 5,000 converting to Islam annually, most are women seeking an increased spiritual fulfillment

 UK: Despite PM Cameron’s approval, Birmingham College forced to retract veil ban

Read also: Wearing a veil in Britain, rather than mandatory, is a woman’s choice

Canada: Quebec Charter widely seen as divisive rather than creating religious harmony

Australia: Anti-migrant Liberal Ray King conjures link between burqa tradition & criminality

US: Lady Gaga’s burqa antics probably inappropriate, but perhaps amusing for Muslim women

Australia: The first AFL umpire to wear a hijab, Melbourne schoolgirl makes history before thousands of fans

France: images/stories/ParisVeilBlaze.jpg Heavy-handed police enforcement of veil ban stirs Paris riots

France: Veiled pregnant women assaulted by skinheads causing one to miscarry

Sudan: Exhibition of colourful clothing and trendy fashion sense of women in Darfur

France: images/stories/AmalHeadScarves.jpg Hollande seeks political points via a broadening of headscarf restrictions

India: images/stories/InHijabBan.jpg Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s visit to St. Ann's College for Women in Hyderabad sees scarf-wearing students banished to rear

Iran: images/stories/IranDressCodes.jpg Govt stations morality police in Tehran to arrest women for dress & cosmetic transgressions

Global: images/stories/HibaaqOsman.jpg Rather than to the burqa, the roots of female oppression lie in economic, political, & social discrimination and violence against women

Global: images/stories/JordanBurqa3.jpg Face veils no risk to State foundations, while other ostensible excuses for bans almost laughable yet succeed in provoking racist violence

images/stories/WomLeadershipMosques_cover.jpg Women, Leadership, and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority, edited by Masooda Bano & Hilary Kalmbach

France: images/stories/StrasbourgConsortSASVsFr.jpg Muslim woman defends right to wear burqa at European Court of Human Rights

Europe: images/stories/Care2BurqaHR.jpg Amnesty Report condemns burqa bans for denying Muslim women jobs and education

India:images/stories/StAloysiusCollege.jpg Compliance with college uniform does not imply a burqa ban at Mangalore Colleges

France: President Hollande to retain burqa ban. Vows instead to ‘have it applied in the best way'

Turkmenistan:images/stories/TurkmenBride.jpg Bride price raises value of daughters, but wedding veil ensures brides remain faceless

France:images/stories/FrVAMuslimWIncrease.jpg Niqab ban subjects Muslim women to private imprisonment & increased public violence

Turkey:images/stories/VogueOfVeiled.jpg Alâ Magazine becomes the warmlyly welcomed avant-garde of "Tesettür," or "Veiled" fashion

Canada: images/stories/JasonKenney.jpg Citizenship & Immigration Minister Jason Kenney bans women’s veils when taking citizenship oath

But also read: Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s ban on women’s veils at citizenship oath ceremonies is ham-handed, absurd & unnecessary

Arab Spring:images/stories/YemenFemSpring.jpg Feminists live in fear of rollback of rights granted under past dictatorships

Yemen: images/stories/YemenVeilTorch.jpg Women torch their makrama to globally expose tyrant Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 'bloody massacres'

Tunisia: images/stories/WLUML_logo.pngWomen watch in horror as Western do-gooders & Islamic fundamentalists rejoice first free election

Norway:images/stories/TawakkulKarmanNobel.jpg Yemen's veiled mother of the revolution acclaimed as joint 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate

The Netherlands: images/stories/GeertWilders.jpg Ban on Islamic face veils reflect influence of Freedom Party's anti-migrant bigot Geert Wilders

France: Interior Minister, Claude Gueant, hails prejudice extending bans to outdoor Muslim prayers

France: images/stories/RachidNekkaz.jpg Businessman, Rachid Nekkaz, sets up fund to pay fines for European women choosing to wear banned Islamic veils

Australia:images/stories/CoryBernardiSept11.jpg Ban-the-Burqa-Liberal, Senator Cory Bernardi, also in league with Dutch anti-Islamic Geert Wilders

Australia:images/stories/DrHelenSzoke.jpg Ban the Burqa Rallies disingenuously designed to fuel racism & religious intolerance in the name of security

Read also: images/stories/RablahH.jpg US allegations of "veiled" women from Australia being recruited by al-Qaeda disputed as fabricated news

and: images/stories/TelegraphMuslimFem.jpg Australian Women accept Sharia Law where application "fair" to all parties

France: images/stories/WEndBurkhaImpact.jpg Sarkozy’s burqa ban a windfall for London at the expense of Paris retailers

Jordan: images/stories/IranFemSoccerStrip.jpg Iranian women’s soccer team unfairly & cruelly banned from playing Olympic qualifier

UK: images/stories/EnoughCoalition.jpg Confronting Anti-Muslim Hatred with Organized Resistance to Burqah Bans

France:images/stories/IJBSb.jpg Under Sarkozy’s (Xenophobic) Veil

images/stories/QuietRevolution_cover.jpg A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed

images/stories/SecIsAFemIssue_logo.jpg Secularism vs communalism: learning from the ban on full face covering veil in France by MariemeHelie Lucas

France:images/stories/Agnes_Poirier.jpg Excessive burqa law risks turning 'wearing the veil' into a national 'anti-Sarkozy symbol'

images/stories/TowardFutureWOFundamentalists_cover.jpg Towards A Future Without Fundamentalisms: Analyzing Religious Fundamentalist Strategies and Feminist Responses by Cassandra Balchin

Belgium: "Take Two" of efforts to punish women for even partial covering of face in public

images/stories/ThiloSarrazinBook_cover.png As in German, former Bundesbank banker, come author, Thilo Sarrazin also comes across as a white supremicist/racist in English

France: images/stories/FranceFFVOutlaw.jpg In bid for racist vote, Le Petit Sarkozy outlaws face veils for residents & tourists

India: images/stories/MuslinFemStereo.jpg Europe's burqa intolerance perpetuates false stereotypes which devalue Muslim women

Dr Huma Ahmed-Ghosh: images/stories/HumaAhmedGhosh.jpg Dilemmas of Islamic and Secular Feminists and Feminisms

Israel: images/stories/ISRAELBurqaModesty.jpg Protests mount as the Taliban Haredi, ultra-religious women, adopt the burqa for “modesty‘s sake”

Iraq: images/stories/IraqManneqDressCode.jpg Since US-led invasion, women’s attire marks the ascendancy of religious values in a once secular society

Germany: images/stories/BDGermany.jpg Frankfurt case set to reignite national debate on permitted public attire for Muslim women

Iran: images/stories/FARSNAIranlogo.gif Some universities placed on notice to enforce stricter Islamic dress code for both female and male students

images/stories/TightropeWalking_Cover.pngWalking a Tightrope: Women and Veiling in the United Kingdom by Ayesha Salma Kariapper