Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Emirati designer to tackle Paris burqa ban

Muslimah designer Rabia Z heads to Paris to speak to parliamentarians about the political restrictions on Muslim women's dress:

"I want to raise awareness to the West that our veils are not something to be scared of," Rabia Z., whose debut collection was revealed at Dubai Fashion Week 2007, told Maktoob News on the sidelines of the Women in the Arab World conference on Monday.

France has recommended a ban on the face-covering veil in all schools, hospitals, public transport and government offices, the broadest move yet to restrict Muslim dress in France, calling the wearing of the full veil "unacceptable".

Rabia, sporting high heels, trousers, a short skirt around her pants and a blue scarf that covers her head, said she thinks "everyone has a right to their expression and for us our veils are our expression. It is not oppression. That is what I need to show and hope to show."

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Anonymous said...

As a muslim french, i think it will be impossible to forbid niqab.
An example: During the summer, there are lots of saudis and emaratis tourists who wear niqab on Champs-Elysées and others places... I don't think the police will ask them to take off their niqab. They don't want these tourists never come-back in France because they spend so much money here!
Anyways, their problem is not really niqab, it's Islam and their stupid fear of a so called islamization of France and also they want to do forget the others real problems: Unemployment, relocations of factory...

Hijab Vogue said...

wow! I admire her! 'It's true! We all shoud be given the freedom to express who we are!


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