What does a Burkini ban have to do with a forthcoming global conference on World's Religions After September 11, which meets in Montreal at the Palais des congress on September 15, 2016?
The answer is: "Everything," strange as it might sound.
The notion that Muslim women need outside guidance in order to dress appropriately--and I dare any of you to say that to Ibithaj Muhammad's face--is one of countless belittling attitudes about Muslim women that I hoped to challenge in the global exhibition I curated for Global Fund for Women.
It is obvious that women in France don't have the right to choose what to wear. They have to adhere to what men deem appropriate. Should a woman try to fight back, she will be punished -- just like in Afghanistan.