Aside from an externalised expression of their faith, the niqab is but a precarious shield from a misogynistic rape culture.
If we acquiesce to the ban of the niqab, what makes the banning of other types of women's clothing any different?
Premier François Legault, left, and Simon Jolin-Barrette, minister of immigration, diversity and inclusiveness, are seen at the provincial legislature in late March 2019.
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While few would deny secularism and religious neutrality are legitimate goals, they don’t justify Bill 21's undue restriction of minority rights.
Demonstrators take part in a protest against Quebec’s proposed Values Charter in Montreal in September 2013.
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If Quebec's new premier succeeds in passing 'secularization' legislation by wielding the notwithstanding clause, it will come at the cost of civil rights and the protective capacity of the Charter.
From Turkey to Saudi Arabia, Muslim women are battling for their rights - but religion is not at fault.
Burqas and niqabs (pictured here) are often thought of as one type of dress in the UK.
Muslim women and men are choosing to wear Islamic clothing in the face of rising religious hatred.
The principle argument as to why women should remove the niqab in court seems compelling, but it is based on flawed assumptions.
Saliha (left) and Alexia in 2012. Alexia no longer wears the veil.
Agnès De Feo
A number of women who once wore and defended the full Islamic veil known as the niqab later chose to renounce it. Here two of them tell their stories.
Warda Naili poses for a photograph on a city bus in Montreal. Last week, Bill 62 was passed in Quebec, outlawing the wearing of a niqab on public transit.
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Bill 62, a bill passed last week banning the wearing of Niqab in Québec for those seeking access to public services, is widely seen as an attack on Muslim women. Why is it even necessary?
Moroccan women walking in capital Rabat.
The recent burqa ban in Morocco highlights tensions between radical Salafists and a moderate Islamic government that has taken steps to further women's rights.
Visitors of Afghan nationality wearing hijabs outside Parliament House yesterday.
A call to ban the burqa has permeated Australian political discussions since police raided the homes of suspected Islamist extremists in Sydney and Brisbane on September 18. Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi…
Politicians and parties on Australia’s political fringe would ban the burqa - except, apparently, when it is worn for the purposes of their political campaigns.
The burqa and niqab are often viewed as symbols of extremism. In the wake of the rise of Islamic State, it is unsurprising, therefore, that in recent days a number of Australian politicians have called…
The individual’s freedoms must be balanced by pragmatism in the courtroom.
The debate on full veils - burqas and niqabs - in British courts and British schools was always bound to happen. The issue flared up a few years ago following some remarks by Jack Straw but it had not…