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FRENCH PRO-BURQA BAN FEMINIST SPEAKS TO U.S. AUDIENCE FOR FIRST TIME Regional Live Webinar Pilot Project Features former French Sec. of State for Urban PoliciesChicago, IL - May 22, 2013 – Fadela Amara, former Secretary of State for Urban Policies under President Sarkozy, will discuss her support for the burqa ban in France as well as the social and political contexts that led to it in a talk entitled “Neither Whores nor Submissive: The Burqa Ban in France,” in the Assembly Hall of the International House (University of Chicago) on May 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm.A practicing Muslim and daughter of an Algerian immigrant family in France, Ms. Amara considers the burqa to be a tool of female oppression incompatible with French Republican values. In March 2013, President François Hollande revived the issue by advocating for a new law on the veil in publicly funded daycare centers.
Ms. Amara is the founder of the prominent French feminist organization Ni Putes Ni Soumises (Neither Whores Nor Submissive), dedicated to protecting and promoting secularism, diversity and gender equality. After a 17 year-old girl was burned alive by her ex-boyfriend in the suburbs of Paris, Ms. Amara
led a nation-wide march to discuss the situation of women in France’s impoverished urban areas. In 2003, she founded Ni Putes Ni Soumises (NPNS). After a year of NPNS-led discussions on the burqa in many low-income communities across France, a law on face coverings in public areas, which included the burqa, passed the Senate in September 2010.
The event is organized by The University of Chicago French Club, co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program, the France Chicago Center, the Center for International Studies, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the Alliance Française of Chicago and the International Students Association. The talk will be free and open to the public.
The Alliances Françaises of Minneapolis and Milwaukee will screen the talk live as part of the pilot for an innovative live webinar project aimed at providing more Franco-American programming to cities across the Midwest. Remote audiences will view the talk live and have the opportunity to ask questions. The French Consulate in Chicago, the Alliance Française of Chicago and the France Chicago Center are pioneering the project.
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