Study: Harassment of Women in Religious Dress Worsens

Now occurs in a third of countries, up from 7 percent in 2007

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Harassment of women over their choice of religious garb has spread dramatically in recent years, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

In 2012, women were intimidated for wearing religious dress such as Muslim head scarves in 32 percent of countries in 2012, up from 25 percent in 2011 and less than one in ten countries (7 percent) in 2007.

Pew’s data shows that there tends to be more harassment of women over wearing religious dress in countries where government regulates the practice—more than a quarter of the countries on earth—though the report is careful to note that it can’t show a causal connection between regulation and harassment.

Bans on women wearing the veil have been a growing trend globally, and particularly in European countries, like France and Belgium, in recent years.

[Pew]

12 comments
cguzman22
cguzman22

Religion has it's pro's and con's like everything in life. However, we need the principals of it family.  Look what's happening in our world today, the nuclear family is being extincted.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Usual load of garbage . Religion - you will do what I tell you to do .

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

Whatever happened to the flying nun?  She also wore medieval religious garb.   As a symbol that was endearing but the burka has become a symbol of random violence, murder, and terrorism.  

IceToes
IceToes

Part of me wants to hand out a card for an abuse shelter, or go and talk to them and tell them they don't have to live that way. I know that it would not be appreciated, but my stomach turns when I see a woman dress that way in a free country in 2014. In my heart, I believe they are brainwashed. I saw little girl, about 6 or 7 years old, in a head scarf the other day. WTF?!?!? It says a lot about what people think of the faith when on seeing the clothing you think of abuse, oppression, inequality, and other horrors. Not, "Oh, what a beautiful way she is committed to her faith."

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

Unfortunately, Muslim women in Europe wearing religious dress are associated with Islamists, who are blamed for problems in the world. Events like 9/11 have only hardened people's bias against religious dress. Many women explain that such dress selection is more by choice rather than religious. This is a tough sell in 2014

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

Actually, I was a victim of the old Catholic school system and the memory of the burka wearing nuns with giant rosaries and leather straps hanging by their side still strikes fear in me.  Catholic kids now have no idea how fortunate they are to not deal with that.

Channah
Channah

@IceToes   Personally, I appreciate women who dress to show their religious beliefs.....be they Muslim, Orthodox Jew, Orthodox forms of Christianity, etc.,. 


be.pinked
be.pinked

They are brainwashed? Excuse you, if it's a free country, people are free to follow whatever religion and dress however they wish. Don't Christian kids have Sunday school and are made to study the bible and sing? Were they then "brainwashed" too? Not an uncommon thing to have religious practices after all, huh. It's one thing to want to save women from oppression, which I agree is a pressing issue, it's another to completely disrespect and harass people for their religious choices, which have NOTHING to do with you or any one of us. And guess what, when people put on their religious dress, they most certainly do not care about what YOUR ignorant mind thinks when you see them.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

@be.pinked @IceToes Brainwashing may not be the correct term but freewill probably is. I really think that the majority of people have a let live policy about religion and religious customs. The issue is choice and social/religious pressure to follow customs. Customs if not followed that can lead to incarceration or physical and mental abuse.  If you lived under that kind of threat you would conform and more then likely say this is was what you wanted.  That is a form of behavioral manipulation and not freedom.