May 29 2009
And this could be a big setback for modern Italian-Muslim women who are struggling to escape the stifling clutches of their fundamentalist Islamic families.
Perugia, 28 May (AKI) – An Italian Muslim woman wearing the veil, or hijab, in the central city of Perugia will for the first time run for local elections, on 6 and 7 June. Maymouna Abdel Qader, an Italian of Palestinian descent, said her objective is to represent Italy’s second generation of Muslim immigrants in Italy, who are now what she calls “The new Italians”.
(DING! DING! DING!) Among the things she wants to promote, if elected, is that Perugia’s public pool can be reserved solely for women, at least once a week. (NO! NO! NO! Not very “new Italian” sounding to me!)