Women in many countries face harassment for clothing deemed too religious – or too secular

Source: PEW Research Centre

By Virginia Villa

Religious restrictions around the world often target women, who in many countries face censure because their clothing is considered too religious – or not religious enough. These restrictions frequently take the form of social harassment by individuals or groups, but also sometimes involve official government actions.

Restrictions on women’s dress have risen around the world in the past five years

Women in 56 countries experienced social hostilities – that is, harassment from individuals or groups – due to clothing that was deemed to violate religious or secular dress norms, according to the sources analyzed for a recent Pew Research Center study of 198 nations. Social harassment can range from verbal abuse to physical violence or killings motivated at least in part by the target’s religious identity; incidents for this measure took place between 2016 and 2018.

1 reply

  1. Why is it that only women are targeted for this and not men?!

    It’s like women who are also carrying the burden of a whole family’s honour on their shoulders. Men are hardly ever the ones who are picked on for all this.

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