During a major policy speech Monday, September 30, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will no longer ban women from wearing Hijab in state institution.
“It is not a rational to expect this package to meet all the problems of the country, although we wish we could do this,” Erdoğan said at a press conference in Ankara.
Islamic Hijab has been banned from Turkish public places including schools, universities and governmental buildings shortly after 1980. In November 2012, the ban of wearing Hijab in Islamic schools has been lifted.
The complete ban lift will be effective starting the academic year of 2013-2014.