A fresh spate of public debate on whether the burqah should be banned, both nationally and internationally, has been sparked by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. As a Muslim woman and just as a member of society it got me wondering -- what's really at stake here?

Last month Sarkozy began a gallant bid to restore the feminist movement -- a cause clearly close to his heart -- and ban the wearing of the burqah, which he claims is "a problem of liberty and women's dignity". In his own words, the burqah is apparently not a religious symbol, but a sign of enslavement and subservience.