More women choose the headscarf in Algeria: Report

50 % of women in Algeria's big cities wear headscarf while more than 97 % wear it in country.

More women choose the headscarf in Algeria: Report

A growing number of Algerian women are reportedly choosing to follow Muslim tradition and wear a headscarf.

According to statistics published in the local daily, el-Khabar, 50 percent of women in Algeria's big cities wear a headscarf while more than 97 percent wear it in the country.

The headscarf has undergone a revival since the 1970s and 1980s but has become a issue in Algeria recently as many women have complained about suffering discrimination when looking for work.

The daily newspaper said foreign companies do not recruit women wearing the headscarf in their offices.

A few months ago president Abdelaziz Bouteflika provoked a fierce debate when he claimed "the headscarf is not a national dress".

AKI

Last Mod: 09 Ağustos 2007, 18:46
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