04 August 2017

Algerian women defy Islamists by wearing bikinis on the beach

Thousands of Algerian women have defied Islamist hardliners by going to the beach in their bikinis.

The campaign began in the coastal town of Annaba after an Islamic internet campaign during Ramadan in which men published photographs on social media of women in bikinis, saying that they were acting against the values of Algerian society.

There is no law against bikinis in the country but women are increasingly stigmatised for wearing them and face growing pressure to switch to burkinis, the Islamic swimwear that covers the entire body.

The internet campaign exacerbated tensions in Algeria amid the spread of fundamentalist Islam.

A group of women in Annaba responded by launching a Facebook group that urged members to stand firm by wearing bikinis. [The Times (£)] Read more