A large number of women's groups have made a joint statement noting their opposition to the 'Burqa Ban', arguing that all Australian women have the right to be safe in public places and singling out one mode of dress as unacceptable creates a potential danger for these women and encourages discrimination against them.
“As a multi-cultural society we must respect and celebrate cultural difference, not merely tolerate difference,” spokesperson for the group Ms Marie Coleman says.
“We strongly support the various individuals and organisations who have supported Muslim women, just as we support the right of all women to a safe environment.
“Women have every right to feel safe and accepted, regardless of their mode of dress,” Ms Coleman added.
The joint statement is on behalf of the following groups:
-The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW)-YWCA Australia,-Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) Australia,
-WIRE Women’s Information
-Women with Disabilities ACT,
-National Alliance of Working Women’s Centres
-Women in Adult and Vocational Education
-ACT Council of Social Service.
-National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
-Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW)
-Catholic Women’s League of Australia Inc.
-Destroy the Joint
-Immigrant Women’s Speak Out Association
-Ethic Child Care and Community Services Cooperative
-Addison Road Community Association
-Australian Women’s Health Network
-Business and Professional Women Australia
-Jessie Street National Women’s Library
-National Council of Women
-Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
-The Older Women’s Network NSW
-Soroptomist International Australia
Full statement can be found below.