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Submitted by Amelia Dawson (United Kingdom), Mar 30, 2013 at 10:39

How important is the burqa in the development of women's rights throughout the world?

Are they merely a tool used by male leaders both in the household and in the community to oppress and control?

Are they in fact a form self expression that is important in defining a woman's identity?

I'd really love to hear your comments on this topic, either through replying to this email, or by directly commenting on my blog- http://clothesgenderanddevelopment.wordpress.com/ which would be greatly appreciated,

Many thanks,

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The burqa is, to the best of my knowledge, unknown to most cultures and found overwhelmingly among Muslims.

I cannot imagine that it has played a positive role for women's rights.

Muslim women do on their own sometimes do take up the burqa.

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