The Austrian Green parties debate on the burka

July 3, 2014

There are not many women in Austria who wear the burka. However, the Bundesrat of the Green party, Efgani Dönmez, advocated punishing women who wear the burka. For instance, mister Dönmez asked the government to cut down social benefits in those Muslim families, in which women wear the burka. Not only members of Dönmez’s own party, but also some from the socialist party criticized mister Dönmez’s opinion. Eva Glawischnig, who is the leader of the Green party, said  she generally supports to strengthen women rights inside Islamic traditions; however, she strongly doubts this approach of mister Dönmez to the issue.

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