Yesterday the Italian Parliamentary Constitutional Affairs Commission approved a draft of a law that would ban women from covering their faces with veils, including a burqa or a naqib, in public. If the law is passed, women in violation could face fines of up to 300 euro.
Souad Sbai, a Member of the conservative Freedom People party, stated, "Five years ago, no one wore a burqa [in Italy]. Today, there is always more. We have to help women get out of this segregation...to get out of this submission. I want to speak for those who don't have a voice, who don't have the strength to yell and say, 'I am not doing well.'" She estimated that approximately 3,000 women cover their faces in public in Italy.
Currently France and Belgium, as well as Barcelona, have similar laws banning such facial coverings.
Media Resources: The Guardian 8/3/11; Huffington Post 8/3/11
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .