Campaigners are holding a ‘Wear What You Want’ beach party at the French Embassy tomorrow from noon to show support for Muslim women in the country.
The protest comes after 15 French towns introduced a ban on the burkini. The policy has been described as racist and sexist policing of women’s bodies. It’s resulted in one woman getting fined €11 for wearing a headscarf and leggings on the beach in Cannes. In Nice, pictures showed French police forcing a woman to remove her clothing.
The protest organisers write on the Facebook page: ‘Come along to the French Embassy and wear what you want - BURKINIS, BIKINIS, ANYTHING GOES. Bring beach gear: beach umbrellas, towels, bat and ball, boules….’
They say the event will be a space for self-identifying women only but says that others can show support on Twitter with beach selfies and the hashtag #wherewhatyouwant. MADE NGO, a community of young Muslims in the UK, will be in attendance explaining why we must stand against the ban.