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8/3/2011 - Burqa Ban Advances in Italian Parliament
Yesterday the Italian Parliamentary Constitutional Affairs Commission approved a draft of a law that would ban women from covering their faces with veils, including a burqa or a naqib, in public....

10/8/2010 - France's Constitutional Council Approves Burqa Ban
France's Constitutional Council endorsed a law that bans burqas and the niqab, full body and face coverings, in public spaces....

9/15/2010 - Burqa Ban Approved by French Senate
In a nearly unanimous vote yesterday, the French senate approved a law banning any veils that cover the face, making France the first European country to pass such a measure....

8/23/2010 - Bangladesh Court Bans Religious Attire Requirements
Bangladesh's High Court ruled late last week that individuals can not be forced to wear religious attire, including the burqa, in workplaces, schools, or colleges. This ruling follows a recent report that Rani Bhabani Women's College in northern Bangladesh has required that all women wear burqas, according to the Canadian Press....

7/29/2010 - Indian Teacher Without Burqa Banned from Class
Late last week, a student organization in India refused a teacher access to her class unless she wore a burqa....

7/28/2010 - Saudi Cleric Comments on French Burqa Issue
Saudi cleric Sheikh Ayedh al-Garni declared last week that it is permissible for women to only wear a hair cover in places where the burqa is banned, namely France....

7/19/2010 - Spain Considers Burqa Ban
Spain's lower house of parliament will debate a proposal that would ban burqas in public this week....

7/19/2010 - Syria Bans Niqab in Public Universities
Authorities in Syria banned wearing the niqab, a veil that covers the face, in public universities earlier this week....

5/24/2010 - Legislation to Ban Burqa Sent to French Parliament
The French Council of Ministers approved a bill last week that would ban both the burqa and the niqab....

5/11/2010 - French Parliament Adopted Formal Resolution Condemning the Burqa
The French Parliament adopted a non-binding formal resolution today against the burqa, a head-to-toe garment worn by some Muslim women....

4/22/2010 - France and Belgium Move Toward Veil Bans
French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced yesterday that he plans to introduce a ban prohibiting women from wearing a full veil in public....

1/26/2010 - Veil Debate Renewed in France
A French parliamentary committee released a nearly 200 page report yesterday that recommends banning face veils in certain public spaces, including on public transportation and at schools, hospitals, and government offices....

8/19/2009 - Denmark Debates Burqa Ban
The Danish Conservative Party is proposing to ban burqa and niqab attire as part of an integration initiative....

6/23/2009 - President Sarkozy Says Burqa Not Welcome in France
In a speech to a joint session of the French Parliament yesterday, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his opposition to the burqa, the head-to-toe garment worn by some Islamic women....

11/20/2006 - Dutch Immigration Minister Proposes Burqa Ban
Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk proposed legislation on Friday that would ban the burqa, a head-to-toe garment for women to wear in public, and other full face coverings, such as ski masks and full-face helmets....

5/25/2005 - Afghan Woman TV Host Killed
A 24 year-old Afghan woman who was a presenter on a popular music program on a private television station in Kabul was shot and killed in her home last Wednesday....

1/3/2005 - Iraqi Women Forced to Wear Headscarves to Avoid Attacks by Fundamentalists
Since the US-led invasion in Iraq, more and more Iraqi women, both Muslim and Christian, are wearing headscarves in order to protect themselves from attacks by Muslim fundamentalists....

10/5/2004 - Leading Human Rights Group Urges US to Enact Afghan Women's Bill
After conducting over one hundred extensive interviews with Afghan women, a leading human rights group has concluded that threats against women by warlords and the Taliban are undermining womens participation in Afghanistans upcoming presidential elections....

11/12/2003 - Reality Remains Dire for Women in Afghanistan and Iraq
New Afghan Constitution Falls Short for Women WASHINGTON, D.C....

9/4/2003 - Afghanistan: Another School Attacked, Girls' Teachers Threatened
A coed elementary school was set on fire on Tuesday, and leaflets were distributed saying that girls should not be allowed to go to school....

8/26/2003 - Bush Administration's Rhetoric Does Not Match Reality on Global Women's Rights Issues

Lack of Funding, Security Result in "F" Grade on Afghanistan Inaction Causes "Incomplete" Grade on CEDAW Ratification
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8/26/2003 - Women's Groups Release Scorecard on Bush Administration
Three women's rights and health groups today commemorated Women's Equality Day by releasing a scorecard rating the Bush administration on global women's issues....

8/25/2003 - Afghanistan: US Role Expected to Increase, Girls' School Burned Down
As the Bush administration continues to consider plans to increase aid and peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan, another girls' school was burned down last week....

8/8/2003 - Afghanistan: Troubles Persist, NATO to Assume Control of ISAF
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) readies to take control of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday, Afghanistan continues to struggle amidst growing attacks on aid workers and law enforcement officers in its provinces....

6/18/2003 - NGOs Urge Greater Security in Afghanistan
The Feminist Majority, along with along with 78 other humanitarian, human rights, and conflict prevention organizations, called upon NATO to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan....