Turkey Partially Lifts Decades-Old Ban On Head ScarvesPlay
On Tuesday, the Turkish government partially lifted a ban that kept women from appearing in state offices wearing Islamic head scarves.
The ban dates back to 1981, and has socially and professionally isolated Turkish women who wear the scarf.
Though the religious call the ban oppressive, secular Turks fear that lifting the ban promotes a conservative state.
Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Merve Kavakçi who was voted into the Turkish Parliament in 1999, wore a head scarf to her swearing in ceremony.
She was immediately dismissed from her position, banned from politics, and eventually stripped of her Turkish citizenship.
- Merve Kavakçi, lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
This segment aired on October 11, 2013.