Maria Ali

Maria Ali

The author identifies as a socialist and a feminist. A mum of three, she is also a political activist and an avid writer. She tweets @Mariya_lhr (twitter.com/Mariya_lhr)

Why I ditched my chador

When I was in my teens, some 20 years ago, my parents would tell me to wear a chador (a large piece of cloth that is wrapped around the head and upper body) and cover myself every time I would go out of the house. I lived in a small city and my father was widely known. Each time I stepped out of my house, I would cover myself from head to toe, sometimes even the face if I was with my father, as he didn’t want people gazing at his daughter. I understood at the time that this was essential for ...

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