The order came just days after the International Football Association Board voted to lift its hijab ban based on the fact “there is no medical literature concerning injuries as a result of wearing a headscarf,” the organization stated on its website.
Rayane Benatti was told to take off her headscarf for safety reasons, but she refused.
“It made me feel very sad,” she said. “I love soccer.” (Photo: Bruno Schlumberger/Ottawa Citizen)
Minister Kenney is to be applauded for this new regulation, as much for its symbolic value as for its common sense. Taking the oath of citizenship should not be an empty formality. It should be a pledge of loyalty to one’s newly-adopted home, and a declaration, uttered in good faith, that Canada’s democratic values will henceforth be those of the new citizen.
One of Canada’s fundamental values is equality of the sexes. Face cover for women is not commensurate with this value. The custom of face cover for women originated in, and continues to be observed, only amongst tribes or in countries where women are second-class citizens at best, and often chattel, to be treated, or even disposed of, by their male relatives as they see fit.
Photos of the Day, April 27, 2011 Policewomen practice assembling and disassembling Kalashnikov automatic rifles during a training course at a police academy in Kerbala, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad April 27, 2011. About 50 policewomen took part in a 45-day basic training course, a police commander in Kerbala said on Wednesday. (Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters)