Switzerland celebrated 50th anniversary of giving women the right to vote. Swiss women obtained the right to vote at the national level on February 7, 1971. And now country will hold a referendum on March 7 to decide whether to ban Burqas and Niqab on the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8). Polls before the referendum showed that more than 60 percent of Swiss voters favour the Burqa ban.
A well-known British writer and Liberal Democrat councillor Rabina khan said, “Although the Swiss cantons of St. Gallen and Ticino already have a ban on full face coverings following regional votes, the Swiss Government has recommended voters reject the federal proposal, saying a nationwide constitutional ban would undermine the sovereignty of the cantons, damage tourism and be unhelpful for certain groups of women.”