Saturday, February 23, 2008

Turkey lifts the headscarf ban

After being subject to headscarf ban in universities since 1997, Turkish female university students are now free again to practice their religious rights.

But not after some fierce debates and street protests which even forced a general election to be held.

In the ensuing election, last August, the former Turkey Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul was elected as the country's new president. That brought some hope (see blog earlier).

But it was only yesterday that Turkish President Abdullah Gul could sign into law constitutional amendments, which allow women to wear Islamic headscarves at universities.

It has been a long time coming. But better late then never. And it’s only the beginning. For headscarfs are still banned in state institution buildings, including the parliament.

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