Liguria in Italy planning to ban Muslim women wearing face veils from entering hospitals, public offices

Authorities in Liguria, a region in northwest Italy, are set to vote on Friday (10 March) on a proposal to ban women from wearing Islamic face veils called “niqab” in hospitals and other public institutions.

The proposal – made by Giovanni Toti, Regional president of the Forza Italia party, and Liguria’s health councilor, Sonia Viale of the far-right Northern League party – is reportedly aimed at defending women’s freedom.