[sex] dress codes

La police de la charia (loi islamique) commencera à distribuer cette semaine des tuniques longues aux femmes qui portent des pantalons moulants, jugés indécents, dans la province d'Aceh, bastion de l'islam en Indonésie. Quelque 20.000 tuniques longues, amples et couvrant les hanches ont été confiées à la police religieuse par les autorités d'Aceh ouest. "Les femmes coupables devront se changer immédiatement, en remplaçant leur pantalon serré par la tunique, si la police de la charia les arrête", a expliqué Ramli Mansur, le régent de cette province, à l'origine de cette réglementation locale. "Nous allons accroître le nombre de raids", a-t-il averti.

Authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Indonesia's Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect Thursday. The long skirts are to be given to Muslim women caught violating the dress code during a two-month campaign to enforce the regulation, said Ramli Mansur, head of West Aceh district. Islamic police will determine whether a woman's clothing violates the dress code, he said.

Dans cet entretien, la féministe algérienne revient sur des dossiers très sensibles de la place de la femme dans une société à culture musulmane qui, de surcroît, a vécu les pires formes de terrorisme islamiste. Wassyla Tamzali répond à “Liberté

La Ville de Bruxelles a décidé, jeudi 20 mai, d'interdire une manifestation contre l'interdiction de la burqa qui devait se dérouler samedi dans la capitale belge. Une organisation baptisée Muslim Rise avait appelé à défiler contre le vote récent, par les députés belges, d'un texte visant à interdire le voile intégral dans l'espace public. Plus généralement, elle appelait à la constitution d'un "front contre l'oppression des frères et sœurs musulmans". Elle espérait rassembler des milliers de manifestants venus de Belgique et d'Europe. Des actions de ce type sont d'ailleurs annoncées en France, en Grande-Bretagne et devant les ambassades belges dans d'autres pays de l'Union.

For years, not only in Muslim countries but also in the West, the debate over a woman’s right to veil has been recognized as a complex issue. In the last week of April 2010, two simultaneous discussions about veiling took place in two different locations across the world. In Belgium, the parliament put to vote a law banning women from wearing burqas in public spaces. In Iran, government officials announced their plans for further expansion and enforcement of both veiling and chastity laws. Based on the law in Belgium, if a woman covers her entire body, including her face, she will be fined the amount of 15-25 Euros – or imprisoned for one to seven days. Based on Iran’s plan of action regarding the expansion of veiling and chastity, governmental entities are required to create further restrictions and limitations around issues of veiling and gender segregation within every public space.

تبنت الحكومة الفرنسية رسميا مشروع قانون يحظر ارتداء النقاب والبرقع في فرنسا، بعد عشرة أشهر من نقاشات برلمانية وحكومية

 Rising tension over the burka has led to violent attacks, as the French cabinet yesterday approved a draft law to ban garments "designed to hide the face" in the country.

Le projet de loi contre le port du voile intégral a été adopté mercredi en Conseil des ministres. Nicolas Sarkozy en a souligné l’importance dans un discours liminaire.

French lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday asserting that face-covering Muslim veils are contrary to the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity on which France is founded. The non-binding resolution, passed 434 to 0, lays the groundwork for a planned law forbidding face-covering veils in public, including in the streets. One lawmaker compared women who fully cover themselves to "phantoms" and "walking coffins." The bill calling for a global ban on such garments goes before parliament in July. A draft text is to be reviewed by the Cabinet on May 19. A similar veil ban is in the works in neighboring Belgium.

Any man who forces his wife to wear a full Muslim veil will be given a sentence of up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of €15,000 (£13,000), under French legislation expected to come into force in the summer. The Bill also envisages a €150 fine for women who choose to wear the face veil in public. “No one may wear in public places clothes that are aimed at hiding the face,” says the text leaked to Le Figaro, the French daily. The report added that legislators had included the possibility for women to avoid a fine by attending a citizenship course.

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