The Burkini debate of summer was reheated over the weekend when an Australian woman was threatened with arrests for insisting on wearing a "Burkini" on a French beach. The ban, introduced by some French mayors, has been defended on the grounds that the beachwear offends the French value of Liberty but has proven more than controversial. Some are quick to point to the irony of defending Liberty by telling women what to wear. The debate well represents the issues employers face in the UK when values collide. If one worker objects to working alongside another on religious grounds which view should prevail? As with UK employment law the cartoonists favour the view that promotes Liberty. After all will a Burkini ban really help empower women or will it simply prevent them from enjoying the beach?
Artists in France have been protesting against the French burkini ban by drawing cartoons that have been shared widely on social media. The bans were imposed on some French resorts as a measure to protect public order, but one French court has already suspended one, saying it "breached fundamental freedoms". Many of the most shared cartoons protest not only the ban but the challenges and criticism women across the world face over their choice of clothing. An anonymous French artist drew a woman half clothed and half topless with notations showing the type of comments women can face. The original drawing was shared almost 10,000 times before another artist translated it into English.