Villa, V. (2020, December 16). Women in many countries face harassment for clothing deemed too religious – or too secular. Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/12/16/women-in-many-countries-face-harassment-for-clothing-deemed-too-religious-or-too-secular/
In the last five years, social hostilities and government restrictions regarding women’s dress have increased – both in secular and religious societies. Women who did not conform to secular norms by wearing religious headwear such as the hijab, faced social hostilities such as verbal and physical abuse. On the other hand, women who did not conform to religious norms, such as not wearing the hijab in countries in the Middle East, also faced social hostilities. In addition, women faced government restrictions regarding their dress. In some countries, women were banned from wearing the hijab and other religious garb; and in other countries, government policies imposed certain types of religious clothing women are obliged to wear.
The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.
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