Before the event on May 22, 2013, the University of Chicago newspaper interviews Fadela Amara (with Eve Zuckerman as a translator) about her work and the situation in France. 2. Her lawyer Tony Muman told the ECHR last November: "She's a patriot" adding that she had suffered "absolutely no pressure" from her family or relatives to cover herself. While she was prepared to uncover her face for identity checks, she insisted on the right to wear the full-face veil, Muman said. The article concludes with concerns about the spread of these fundamentalist ideologies.

Tue 1 Jul 2014 07.10 EDT 6. In 2007, Amara was named Secretary of State for Urban Policies (Secrétaire d'Etat Chargée de la Politique de la Ville) under President Sarkozy. The European judges decided otherwise, declaring that the preservation of a certain idea of "living together" was the "legitimate aim" of the French authorities. Furthermore, she discusses the aftermath of the ban in France, the goals that Ni Putes Ni Soumises continues to pursue, its partners at home and abroad, and the impact of the national and international political climate on men and women in the banlieues. This article by Bruce Livesey provides background on the Mulsim fundamentalist Salifist movement in Europe, a movement that calls for a return to what it considers to be authentic Islam. Deborah Joyce serves as the interpreter throughout. Six months after the program with Fadela Amara at the University of Chicago, a young Muslim woman argues in the European Court of Human Rights for her right to choose to wear the niqab (a variation of the burqa). The European court of human rights upholds France’s burqa ban. The ECHR has already upheld France's ban on headscarves in educational establishments, and its regulation requiring the removal of scarves, veils and turbans for security checks. This book by Amara and Zappi starts with the immolation of a young Muslim girl in the French banlieue and the mobilization that followed. It explains her actions to combat racism and to advocate for women’s rights, including details about her work with the daycare center Baby-Loup. What is the international impact of the French law making it illegal to wear the burqa in public areas? Judges at the European court of human rights (ECHR) have upheld France's burqa ban, accepting Paris's argument that it encouraged citizens to "live together". This is the official website of Ni putes ni soumises, the organization founded by Fadela Amara.

France’s law banning women from wearing face-covering veils in public is not discriminatory, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday. The judges say preservation of a certain idea of “living together” is the “legitimate … Following the talk, Bernard Harcourt moderates a discussion that mixes questions from the Chicago audience with those submitted online by remote audience members in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati. Protests in Denmark as 'burqa ban' comes into effect, Dutch senators vote for partial ban on burqa in public places, Denmark passes law banning burqa and niqab, Europe's right hails EU court's workplace headscarf ban ruling, Burqa bans, headscarves and veils: a timeline of legislation in the west, France women's minister expresses support for university headscarf ban, Nike launches hijab for female Muslim athletes. France unveiled its new “secularism charter” in publicly-funded schools on Monday in a move that has caused some tension within the country’s Muslim and other minority religious communities.

(France 24). How does the situation of women who wear the veil or burqa in France compare to that of women who wear these items in the United States? In this article from 2006, Rose George describes the inequality and lack of women’s rights in the French banlieues, which she refers to as ghettos. What do you think of Fadela Amara’s three categories of women (militants, believers, and those forced to wear the headscarf)? Office of French Culture (French Embassy in the US). French activists lifts the veil on the burqa ban (The Chicago Maroon). Tuesday's legal decision came a few days after France's highest court, the cour de cassation, upheld the firing of a creche worker for "serious misconduct" after she arrived for work wearing a veil. What is the importance of men in movements such as Neither Whores nor Submissive? 3. 1. 5. This is an effort to promote understanding and enforcement, but some could feel that it targets Muslims. The website is entirely in French. Neither Whores nor Submissive: The Burqa Ban in France September 26, 2014 | By Lawrence Geannopulos May 22, 2013 1 hour and 20 minutes International House, University of Chicago Program Overview. The ban also applies to the burqa, a ful… They argued it was "inhumane and degrading, against the right of respect for family and private life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of speech and discriminatory". It concludes by raising questions about the law’s true secularity. This article from September 2013 reveals that a “Charter for Secularity in School” poster will be on display in each public school in France. French veil law: Muslim woman's challenge in Strasbourg (BBC News). The law, introduced in 2010, makes it illegal for anyone to cover their face in a public place. It was published in France in 2003, and since then it has been translated and made available to English speaking audiences.

Documentary: I Wasn’t Always Dressed Like This (2013, by D-AEP). First published on Tue 1 Jul 2014 07.10 EDT. The woman has said she will appeal to the ECHR. The UN Human Rights Committee on Tuesday criticised France's so-called burqa ban, saying the law "violated" the rights of two women who were fined for wearing full-face veils in public. She was represented by solicitors from Birmingham in the UK, who claimed the outlawing of the full-face veil was contrary to six articles of the European convention. (France 24). The law, introduced in …

Additionally, the article contains an infographic that distinguishes between the different types of head coverings. Amara criticizes the feminist movement of the 1970’s that often forgot about the problems in the banlieues; it is in these forgotten areas, that Ni putes ni soumises wages its battle. The French government asked the court to throw out the case, claiming that the law was not aimed at the burqa or veil but any covering of the face in a public place, and also applied to hoods and helmets when not worn on a motor vehicle. It contains current news about the organization and the history of the movement, as well as additional resources. In this talk, Fadela Amara (Ni Putes Ni Soumises founder and former French minister) describes the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the predominantly poor immigrant neighborhoods surrounding French cities (banlieues) that led to the ban on face coverings. The author relates Amara’s position towards Islamists. 4. Isabelle Niedlispacher, representing the Belgian government, which introduced a similar ban in 2011 and which was party to the French defence, declared both the burqa and niqab "incompatible" with the rule of law. The author explains the origins and beliefs of Salafi Jihadism, whose adherents account for less than 1% of Muslims globally, and describes another group known as Takir wal-Hijra. The case was brought by an unnamed 24-year-old French citizen of Pakistani origin, who wears both the burqa, covering her entire head and body, and the niqab, leaving only her eyes uncovered. The documentary endeavors to present a comprehensive view of the issue of head coverings by portraying the lives of three different Muslim women who wear them. Referencing the debate between Fadela Amara and the Muslim student, do you see the headscarf as liberating or oppressing for women? Some argue that the prohibition of the veil stigmatizes Muslim women. A video about opposition to the law accompanies the article. The court heard that out of an estimated five million Muslims living in France – the exact figure is unknown as it is illegal to gather data by religion or ethnic group – only about 1,900 women were estimated to be affected by the ban, according to 2009 research. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The French and Belgian laws were aimed at "helping everyone to integrate", Niedlispacher added. France was the first European country to ban anyone from wearing a full-face veil in public with a corresponding law in April 2011. A Daughter of France’s ‘Lost Territories’ Fights for Them (The New York Times). All rights reserved. Book: Breaking the Silence: French Women's Voices from the Ghetto, by Fadela Amara and Sylvie Zappi (published 2006). This article reveals how some believe the law banning religious symbols in schools imposes secular values upon religious minorities. After a 17-year-old girl was burned alive by her ex-boyfriend in the suburbs of Paris, Amara led a nationwide march to discuss the situation of women in the banlieues.