Gender Equality and Religious Freedom
In France there is a debate on whether or not the burqa should be banned. The campaigners against burqas claim that their capmpaign “is critical in ensuring women’s rights”. They are trying to pass a law because they believe they are fighting the Islamic traditions that oppress women. In actuality, the campaigners are sticking their nose in business that is not theirs. Only 2,000 of the 3.5 million Muslims in France are wearing the head and body garb that has spurned such a campaign(Brown, In Defense of the Burqa Ban). If any of the Muslim women had issues they should, and would step up and speak out about it. The Islamic women are strong and capable of acting for what they believe in. For example, the Black Widows are a group of Islamic women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of something they believe in. In no way am I condoning what the Black Widows are doing, but they are an example of just how tough some of the more traditional Muslim women are. If a group of these 2,000 women in France felt they had a better alternative outside of their current culture they would stand up for themselves. The campaigners are not considering the desires of the Muslim women; They are selfishly campaigning under the guise of femininity for the purpose of increasing their own notoriety. Moreover, the passing of this law would be taking a step back in the terms of women’s suffrage. Under this law, women would have a restricted wardrobe and curbed public behavior(Osman, The Burqa That We Are All Wearing).