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0px ‘Trebuchet MS’; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 12.0px}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}Topic:  Women’s rights to wearing a Niqab Introduction:  In Western nations there is a a lot of debate with the public use of the niqab and other religious face coverings. A veiled Muslim women is often seen as “other”, represented as a need for rescue, reviled as backwards, or associated with the Islamic extremist. Setting aside the racist attitudes from the widespread Western nations, Canadians seem to be in support of multiculturalism and the equality of all people, providing support to all immigrants and refugees. The wearing of the niqab is a women’s free choice and the matter of freedom of religion and a visible symbol of the women’s oppression.

A niqab is a face and hair veil that leaves only leaves the women’s eye area visible( Kestler-D’Amours. 2015). It differs from a hijab, which covers a woman’s hair and ears, and a burqa, which covers the full head and body (Kestler-D’Amours.

2015). Many women choose to or not to cover themselves for many different reasons, like religion or pressure from family. The Canadian Council of Muslim Women is an organization that is the voice of the Muslim women on any topic of discrimination they may face. In many cases The Canadian Council of Muslim Women is addressing issues concerning the women’s freedoms and choice of dress (n.a. 2017).  There are still many people in Canada today that do not agree with a women being able to fully cover herself in public places.

It has raised concern for the safety and identification in a variety of situations. Many questions arose after a Muslim women refused to attend her Canadian Citizenship ceremony because she did not feel comfortable unveiling herself. The wearing of a Niqab directly contradicts many of the rights and freedoms women of Western nations have fought for many years and its acceptance ,except in the case of personal choice, sets back women in our society to a time when women did not have equal rights to men.Thesis:  The niqab is a controversial form of dress which symbolizes a Muslim women’s oppression in many countries around the world. Subtopic 1: Reasons for wearing a Niqab, is it obligatory?  Muslim women say they choose to wear a niqab out of religious obligation and to show an expression of their identity (Kestler-D’Amours. 2015). In Canada a survey found that most Muslim are flexible about uncovering their face in specific situations, like airport security, accessing health services and driving (Kestler-D’Amours. 2015) .

A women covering herself is a choice she makes for herself. The Koran, The Islamic Sacred Book, calls for both men and women to cover to be modest. Some women choose to wear a niqab out of religious obligation and others are pressured into covering themselves. Subtopic 2: The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW)  The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) has been responsible for addressing the issues that effect Canadian Muslim communities, including debates concerning Muslim women freedoms and their choice of dress (Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). 2017). The Council is committed to the equality, equity, empowerment and diversity of all Muslim women and their voices who don’t always get heard or listened to. The Canadian Council of Muslim Women has delivered community based projects and advocated on behalf of the Muslim women and their families for more then thirty years. The Council previously issued position papers to the government bodies about the niqab (Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW).

2017). Subtopic 3: Why are people against it?  Some people see the niqab as the political flag for a Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia, the niqab and burka have nothing to do with Islam (Raza.2015). Most people feel there is a time and a place where the women need to unveil herself for verification of identity. The reasons for people being against Muslim women wearing a niqab is for the most part a safety concern, in schools and courtrooms, and also for the reason of identification in any situation, airport or courtroom.   A person fully covered in these situations could hide their true identity or have a way to give misinformation about themselves.  In the case of burkas, weapons could be hidden, and Western people have a hard time differentiating between the many types of muslim dress.

 Subtopic 4: Example… wearing a niqab during he oath of Canadian citizenship When Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in government, he banned any type of face covering during a ceremony, like the Oath of Canadian Citizenship, but since has been seen as unlawful (Raza. 2015). When taking to Oath of Canadian Citizenship, the face of any person should be visible as a sign of respect. Some people find it offensive when a person would choose to hide their identity at the very moment when they are committing to join the Canadian Family (n.a.

2015). This was looked at again after a case where a Muslim women refused to partake in the Oath of Canadian Citizenship Ceremony because she would have to unveil her face after having to reveal herself before the Citizenship test.  Most Canadians believe new Canadians should adhere to Canadian traditions when participating in ceremonies regarding these Canadian traditions.