This conference believes that the French ‘burkini ban’ represents an Islamophobic assault on women’s right to choose what to wear. The ban is yet another case of the French authorities using the language of secularism and counter-terrorism to demonise Muslims – and particularly Muslim women. This includes a ban on the headscarf for public sector workers and on the wearing of religious symbols in schools. It is also part of a disturbing trend of racist and Islamophobic state policies and practices across Europe which seek to criminalise and demonise Muslims as an ‘enemy within’.
We stand in solidarity with Muslim women in France and oppose all attempts to tell women how to dress.