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Austria — Wearing the burka prevents women from getting a job, says Minister

24 December 2009

Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Minister for women, regards the wearing of the burka as 'one step too far' and believes that banning it would give Muslim women easier access to the labour market, das Journal reports.

Carla Amina Baghajati, spokeswoman for the Islamic community in Austria explains that from a religious point of view there is no need to wear the burka but believes that the law has to respect the decision of each woman to either wear it or not.

She said that "what is happening now is an imported discussion which started with the Swiss 'no' in the recent referendum on whether further minarets should be allowed in the country."

Baghajati is convinced that Austria will have to get used to the increased visibility of Muslims. She says further "we are part of European society. We have one society but it is diverse."



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