Muslim women in Morocco are demanding a female-only beach so they can enjoy the summer weather without having to worry about keeping their bodies covered.
The women’s rights group are campaigning to have their own beach where they can sunbathe with their burkas off – without ‘disobeying Allah’ or ‘being sexually harassed’.
But the move has sparked controversy in the country – as liberals and traditionalists have clashed over the campaign.
Feminist Noor Alhoda said they are a ‘conservative’ group, who want to be able to both go to the beach and conform with Islamic law – as Islam bans women from showing certain parts of their body in public.
She added that they do not want to ‘disobey Allah by wearing swimsuits in front of men gazing at us’.
‘After the end of Ramadan, everyone wants to enjoy the summer holidays – but the women are not able to enjoy the party and the swimming in the same way as the men,’ ‘Women’s husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers and sons can feel jealous or offended if they feel that strange men are looking at our bodies,’ But there are a lot of women that accept it because they don’t have any other option
Meanwhile the Facebook campaign has been met with fierce opposition.Many have claimed a women-only beach would encourage intolerance and gender segregation, the like of which are enforced by ISIS
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