Somali-American model Halima Aden will make history when she becomes the first ever person to wear a hijab and a ‘burkini’ in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue – with the step meeting mixed reaction online. Aden, 21, was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, living there[…]
OPINION by Thakira Desai So spring entered with a bang – an Islamophobic, sexist, and misogynistic bang! On Tuesday 24th August, French police indignantly strolled onto a beach in the seaside town of Nice to ‘institute’ French law and ensure that all beach goers were reasonably naked. More astonishingly, the[…]
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls poured more oil onto the ongoing controversy over Islamic clothing in public places, when he appeared to suggest that head-to-toe coverings worn by Muslim women contravened the French spirit. Valls, who is considered to be on the right wing of the ruling Socialist party, invoked[…]
Images of a Muslim woman being forced to remove some of her clothing by armed male police officers at a beach in Nice went viral last week, sparking global outrage. The officers were enforcing a French ban on the “burkini” – a full-body swimsuit that allows women to swim with[…]
This week, the ‘burkini’ was thrown into spot light once again when a Muslim woman was forced to undress by French police as she enjoyed the beach with other beach goers in Nice. Using language similar to the bans imposed in a string of other resorts on the French Riviera,[…]
A French human rights group has said it will oppose a ban on burkinis in courts after the seaside city of Cannes barred the full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim women. “Ten women have asked us to sue the town of Cannes,” Marwan Muhammad, the executive director of the[…]
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