Do you think it is right that women have to cover up, even when it isn’t part of their religion or culture?
Currently, in France, the law is that it is illegal for women to wear religious headscarves at school and work, and face coverings like burqas and niqabs are banned in all public spaces.
Air France stewardesses were ordered to wear headscarves, covering their hair, on flights to Tehran in 2016. On other flights, they can normally choose between wearing a skirt or trousers but instead have been instructed to wear a long jacket and trousers specifically for this flight (this goes against the law set by France). Due to this enforcement, employees then turned to their unions. Once they were involved, the unions were actively on at Air France and urged them to make it voluntary for their stewardesses. Air France listened to their employees’ demands and allowed them to opt out of flying to Tehran.
One of Air France’s employees’ said that they were fine with wearing a headscarf during their off-work time in Iran, however, were unwilling to wear them as part of their uniform. What do you think about this?
The overlap of religion, dress and employment is a very interesting case example of what happens when a country with some of the world’s most argumentative laws against Islamic traditions tries to do business in a country with some of the world’s most stringent Islamic laws.
Do you think it is fair that Muslim women aren’t allowed to cover themselves up in France? On the other hand, do you think it is right that the stewardesses on Air France have to cover up when flying to Tehran?
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