#OurChoiceNotYours - Manal in the Huffington Post Regarding the Burkini Ban

Our Choice, Not Yours – The Burkini Ban Isn’t the Beginning or the End

Across Red Lines brought together a group of women, all promfinent in their respective religions, to join arms and walk to the sea in solidarity. #OurChoiceNotYours

Across Red Lines brought together a group of women, all promfinent in their respective religions, to join arms and walk to the sea in solidarity. #OurChoiceNotYours

A Muslim woman enjoying the beach in France was forced by armed police to remove her shirt

As women of faith struggling for freedom, this incident is deeply disturbing. It embodies a sad reality of rising fear, hate, and discrimination towards Muslims who are living their lives in peace. We believe in freedom of choice for all, especially the choice to express religious and cultural identity. Laws targeting one religious or ethnic group are a dangerous step rooted in irrational hate, ignorance, and inequality. No authority should keep us out of the public sphere in the name of security.


Women shouldn’t have to choose between liberty and safety — we should have both unconditionally.

An excerpt from Manal’s full article.

Manal Omar, Founder, Safina Fellowship, talks to Rosemary Church of CNNi about the #OurChoiceNotYours Campaign and the controversial French burkini ban.