Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire
Pew Research Center
Discrimination, Human rights, Islamophobia, Social justice
Research report / thesis / dissertation

Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire. (2016, April 5). Pew Research Center. 


This report addresses the restrictions women are subjected to due to their religious dress. The report indicates that most countries have laws or policies that restrict women from wearing religious attire such as hijabs. In addition, the report suggests that there are fewer countries that impose religious wear such as mandatory hijabs. The report includes a map that showcases which countries where religious wear was required and which countries religious wear was restricted. Women were also reported to face harassment due to their religious attire and the type of harassment indicated. The methodology and an analysis section regarding restrictions and hostilities are included in the report.


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