Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Women the world over find veil limits job choice

Interesting article. Intro:
DUBAI (Reuters) - Aysha Obeid couldn't get a job as a shop assistant in Dubai because of the veil that covered her face, exposing only her eyes to the outside world. So to improve her employment prospects, Obeid stopped wearing the veil.

"No one takes women with niqab in the retail sector," said Obeid, 22.

While women who cover up for their faith may expect problems getting some kinds of work outside the Muslim world, those in the region also say they have trouble getting jobs -- particularly ones requiring them to interact with the public.

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Blogger Snake Oil Baron said...

I think it was in Nigeria or somewhere that prostitutes started wearing the niqab (possibly to conceal identity, confuse the police or maybe just to appeal to the kinky clients - like people with nun and head mistress fetishes.) Anyway, now it seems that some Muslim women in that country are abandoning or have considered abandoning the niqab as it no longer makes them feel holy.

August 30, 2007 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Ashi said...

Well that's rather ironic. I've heard (though not sure) that women are not allowed to wear niqab or burqas at Haj.

September 3, 2007 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger A. said...

Ashi, women cannot cover their faces on Hajj.


January 11, 2008 at 7:17 PM  

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