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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Woman wearing niqab stands in local elections for first time01:30

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Woman wearing niqab stands in local elections for first time

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zavidovici
October 1, 2016 at 01:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Indira Sinanovic from Zavidovici presented herself to voters, on Friday, as the first woman wearing a niqab who will ever stand in Bosnia and Herzegovina's local elections, which take place on the coming Sunday.

Sinanovic is a 37 year old mother of two; she works as a journalist and humanitarian worker. She staged a rally before the elections, so the local residents could get acquainted with her programme and to meet her personally.

According to Sinanovic, women who wear traditional Islamic garments, such as the niqab and hijab, are subject to prejudice. Speaking to an audience, Sinanovic said she hoped her candidacy would work to break down such prejudice, "I will try to break down discrimination and the distorted image of women who wear the hijab. People need to have the chance to meet us and to get to know who we are."

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Indira Sinanovic from Zavidovici presented herself to voters, on Friday, as the first woman wearing a niqab who will ever stand in Bosnia and Herzegovina's local elections, which take place on the coming Sunday.

Sinanovic is a 37 year old mother of two; she works as a journalist and humanitarian worker. She staged a rally before the elections, so the local residents could get acquainted with her programme and to meet her personally.

According to Sinanovic, women who wear traditional Islamic garments, such as the niqab and hijab, are subject to prejudice. Speaking to an audience, Sinanovic said she hoped her candidacy would work to break down such prejudice, "I will try to break down discrimination and the distorted image of women who wear the hijab. People need to have the chance to meet us and to get to know who we are."

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