“I’m a Muslim woman who chooses to wear the niqab — and every day I have to plan ahead. ‘Am I going to be attacked today or am I going to be abused today?’” added Shamin, from the West Midlands. “But it’s my right to be wearing it.”
Under the hashtag #MyHijabMyChoice, women have been calling to be left to make their own, personal decision about whether or not they wear a veil, without the interference of politicians.
In total, there are around 2.7 million Muslim people in the UK. While there are no official estimates of the number of women who wear veils, it’sreportedly very few. In France, for example, which has a larger Muslim population than the UK, it’s no more than a couple of thousand women.
But this debate about burqas stretches significantly further. Against a background of Brexit, which has already divided the nation, it’s become about migration, integration, and Islamophobia — with some raising concerns that it has the potential to encourage violence.
Source: Beyond Burqas: The Issues Facing British Muslim Women We Should Really Be Talking About : Global Citizen
Given the reaction of some parts of the media, one could be forgiven for assuming that Europe and the rest of the Western world has become besieged by burqa-clad women. The “fear” is now so rife that empty bus seats in Norway were mistaken for a group of women wearing the burqa.
Meanwhile, in a much derided stunt in Australia, far right leader Pauline Hanson wore a full-face covering burqa into the senate chamber. Hanson’s aim was to prohibit Muslim women from covering their faces and to get the burqa banned in the country.
To look at it, the burqa is simply a veil which covers the body and face – and yet it is also sometimes associated with oppression, terrorism, and extreme religious beliefs. Some burqas only have a mesh screen for the wearer to see through. The niqab, on the other hand, is a face veil worn with a headscarf which leaves the eyes uncovered, while the hijab is a scarf which covers the head and neck. In Europe, the term “burqa” is used to refer to women who wear robes to cover the body and face, but their eyes may be left uncovered, as seen in the main image of this article.
Source: How many Muslim women actually wear the burka in the UK? It’s probably less than a few thousand – The i – Weekend Reads #55
By all means express your opinions, but no one should suffer and be subject to abuse in any form.
Unfortunately there will always be a section of the community who feel abuse is justified, but it is not and never should be.
It is life that you will never agree all the time with others points of view and with freedom of speech people should have freedom of expression, however it should never boarder or cross over to abuse.
I feel one of the UKs attributes is tolerance and we should all endeavour to be more tolerant as this one one of the groundings of democracy, yes disagree but also respect each others point of view and this will create an even greater nation. The lead needs to be taken by our elected representatives, our MPs and thereon by each and successive Government, for who should they be for, but the wellbeing of us all and not just an elitist few.
The Police State is coming, if not already here.
Surely in this respect all the lady was doing was using her right to reply to correct an untruth. This should not be against a ‘safe space’ policy.
In the Goldsmiths Student Untion policy this would have been applied to point 14. being . ‘Ensure that all information disseminated is fair and accurate, avoids the expression of comment and conjecture as established and falsification by distortion, selection or misrepresentation.’
I assume the Edinburgh policy would be similar.
Within the Goldsmiths policy is point 9. ‘ Physically or verbally assault another member or guest of the Students’ Union.’
In this article University ‘safe space’ policies stifle freedom of expression, warns human rights activist, ‘male students from the institution’s Islamic Society (ISOC), who claimed Ms Namazie was “violating their safe space” with her outspoken views.’ This they did by ‘ heckling Namazie, standing in her way and turning a projector off.’ Surely this is not in keeping with point 9.
‘Ms Namazie, who fled Iran’s oppressive regime and now campaigns against Islamic extremism, was giving a talk organised by the university’s Atheist Society on “Apostasy, blasphemy and free expression in the age of Isis”.’ based on her own experiences.
When having these policies care needs to be taken that rights of one group are not being overuled by outspoken views of another group.