December 14, 2012
by Arjun Mishra
On December 14, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lisa Valentine, who was arrested in December 2008 for not removing her headscarf (hijab) in court. She refused to remove the headscarf upon entering an Atlanta courtroom, and Judge Keith Rollins ...[read more]
September 3, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
Egypt lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news reporters on Sunday by having Fatma Nabil read the noon news in a headscarf. This broadcast marked the first time a woman appeared on Egyptian state TV wearing a veil in over 50 years. The ban had been perpetuated by previous regimes and had ...[read more]
April 25, 2012
by Jamie Reese
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday challenged European governments to do more to address discrimination against Muslims, especially in the areas of employment and education. The report states that many women are denied jobs or access to classrooms simply because they are wearing traditional ...[read more]
February 9, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On February 9, 2008, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey passed a constitutional amendment easing the country's ban on Islamic headscarves. The amendment, which had received preliminary approval earlier that week, allowed Muslim women to begin wearing headscarves in universities. Based on ...[read more]
December 16, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 16, 2008, a Muslim woman, Lisa Valentine, was arrested for contempt of court in Georgia after refusing to remove her headscarf upon entering a security checkpoint in an Atlanta courtroom. She was ordered to serve 10 days in jail for violating a court policy that prohibits wearing ...[read more]
December 15, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On December 15, 2004, the European Parliament voted to formally begin discussion of Turkey's accession into the European Union in a non-binding resolution. The EU insisted on close scrutiny of Turkey's progress on improving human rights, religious freedom and women's rights, while Turkey ...[read more]
July 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On July 7, 2006, a court in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg struck down a ban on the wearing of headscarves by female Muslim teachers. The case originated when Baden-Wuerttemberg passed a law in 2004 forbidding "outward expressions that undermine the neutrality of the government or peace ...[read more]
May 16, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 16, 2005, the Kuwaiti National Assembly passed a law granting women the right to both run for and vote in parliamentary elections. Less than one month later, two women were appointed to Kuwait's municipal office the first women to be appointed to public office in the country's history... ...[read more]
April 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 7, 2009, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that a female Muslim police officer was not entitled to wear a religious headscarf while on duty. Officer Kimberlie Webb of the Philadelphia Police Department was appealing the ruling of the US District Court for the Eastern ...[read more]
April 4, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
A Dutch court in the Amsterdam district of Haarlem on Monday upheld a ban on Islamic headscarves at Don Bosco College, a Catholic school in Volendam. The court stressed that a prohibition on headscarves is in line with the schools interest in maintaining its Catholic character and held that the ...[read more]

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