Lawmakers are deliberating over what women can and cannot wear in public.
Anyone who pushes for a ban on burqas must, as a responsible politician, also consider the possible consequences. We're not merely dealing with a piece of clothing; we're dealing with the unity of our entire society.
I have been living in Afghanistan for ten years. We've just had a week of multiple major attacks in our capital city Kabul. For me, I went through a bit of a routine, as I do when these awful things happen.
You've seen women in burqas, niqabs, and abayas on the news -- but how many do you actually know? And what is it like to wear one all the time?
Progressive Muslims of both genders oppose a ban but most agree that it is a women's issue that relates to empowerment and agency.