Women “have right” to wear controversial burkini bathing suit

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UN Women's Director of Policy, Purna Sen. Photo: UN Radio/Daniel Dickinson

Women should have the right to choose to wear a controversial bathing suit known as the burkini without coercion from the state or individuals; that's according to the UN agency focused on gender issues, UN Women.

The burkini is a full-body swimsuit with a headscarf which is favoured by many Muslim women as well as by non-Muslims.

A ban on the clothing by a French town was overturned on Friday by the country's highest court, after photographs were taken of police confronting a woman and forcing her to remove part of her burkini.

The French authorities said the woman’s beachwear was “inappropriate,” and a public order issue.

Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to UN Women's Director of Policy, Purna Sen.

He began by asking her for her reaction to the ban and its subsequent lifting.

Duration: 4'39"

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