Muslim Twitter users from all over the world are enraged as France wants to ban the hijab for women under 18.
France senate on last Tuesday voted to ban females under 18 wearing hijab, restrict women accompanying a school trip with hijab and prohibit people from wearing burkini- a swimsuit that covers women’s full-body, in public pools.
The advocates of the bill believe the bill will end conspicuous religious signs by minors and of any dress or clothing which would signify women inferior to men’ worn in public places.
As elections approach in France (2022), Macron and his government increasingly use identity politics
This, because the country’s mismanagement of the pandemic has taken a toll on his poll ratings, which could see him lose to the far-right leader Marie Le Pen
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Right-wing senator, Bruno Retailleau, has described the hijab and burkini as ‘sexist’, a ‘marker of the submission of women’, and the banner of separatism.’ Amnesty International has condemned the bill calling it an assault on the rights of religious minorities particularly Muslims.
first france bans full-body swimwear, which is what most muslims wear, then they ban halal slaughter of poultry, and now women cant even wear the hijab and let their mothers accompany them on field trips…THIS IS BLATANT ISLAMOPHOBIA
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France passed a Hijab ban. Muslim women under 18 will no longer be allowed to wear hijab in public places and mothers who wear hijab won’t be allowed to be on any school grounds with their kids. This world has done nothing but hate muslim women, I don’t even know what to say.
— Hijabista🌹 (@HNouriatte) April 2, 2021
The organization’s researcher Marco Perolini said in a statement, ‘Time and again we have seen the French authorities use the vague and ill-defined concept of ‘radicalization’ or ‘radical Islam’ to justify the imposition of measures without valid grounds, which risks leading to discrimination in its application against Muslims and other minority groups.’
Besides France, Sri Lanka is also mulling to impose a ban on the hijab calling it a symbol of regression.
People from all over the world have called it regressive, misogynist, and oppressive. There has been a high outcry from Muslim women from all over the world who deems the bill as a threat to their basic human rights and bodily autonomy that allows or restricts them to dress in any way.
The debate went deeper when users pointed out that it is the systematic patriarchy and misogyny that want to control the choice women make.
They believe they are at the receiving end of racism as this bill will also incite Islamophobia in the country.