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PremierLeague-News.Com - The French Senate has voted in favour of banning Muslim women under the age of 18 from wearing the hijab in public places
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The French Senate has voted in favour of banning Muslim women under the age of 18 from wearing the hijab in public places. This amendment was part of the proposed “Separatism Bill” – an intensified crackdown on Muslim women’s rights.The bill also seeks to outlaw Muslim mothers from accompanying their children on school trips while wearing the hijab, refuse women wearing a burkini entry to public swimming pools and banning the hijab in French universities. These discriminatory policies will restrict Muslim women in almost every aspect of their life, making them feel isolated and punished simply for following the tenets of their faith.i's opinion newsletter: talking points from todayEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.I’m a hijab-wearing British Muslim woman and I know Islamophobia when I see it. Bills such as this one is a testament to the level of anti-Muslim sentiment present in France and must be called out by the UK.France has one of Europe’s largest Muslim populations and, with this legislation, is breaching its own constitutional rights which guarantees ‘freedom of religion’ as set in 1789. It is also incredibly hypocritical, served up under the guise of “women’s empowerment and secularism” when all it does is restrict women from making their own choices. Read More By enforcing face masks while burqas remain banned, France shows how Islamophobia informs policy Muslim women should be able to make their own choices about whether they wish to observe hijab or not. I personally decided to wear the hijab when I was 19 after drawing spiritually closer to my faith. I see it as an honour and symbol of my devotion to God. There are many Muslim women under the age of 18 who have chosen to wear the hijab as it forms an important part of their identity. Taking that away forces them to hide a part of who they are.
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.It is unacceptable that in 2021 Muslim women are still being stripped of being able to make their own decision on how they want to practice their faith. My Muslim friends in France have cried to me over the phone because they feel continuously victimised. One friend says that she cannot compromise her hijab and feels that she will now have to be confined to the parameters of her home. Another friend said she feels she will now be missing out on her children’s school trips as she too does not want to remove her hijab. Yet, this is exactly what France’s government want to happen. France does not want visible Muslim women to be seen or heard. They do not want Muslim women to be included as part of the national fabric of their country.Moreover, France’s latest policing of Muslim women could set the precedence for other countries to follow suit and marginalise an already vulnerable community. Macron has referred to Islam as being “in crisis everywhere in the world”. Statements like this coupled with the new bill will only further increase intolerance and anti-Muslim hatred.It is now up to those in power in the UK to speak up against this bill. If countries around the world continue to overlook policies that violate the rights of Muslim women it will be turning a blind eye to Islamophobic abuse.Tasnim Nazeer is an award-winning journalist, TV reporter and Universal Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace
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