Today, there have been reports that Olivia Breen, a highly decorated para-athlete, was told by an official that her briefs were “too short and revealing”.

This has caused the sprinter and long jumper to, understandably, feel angry.

She said, “I've worn them for nine years, I've never had a problem and we should feel comfortable with what we wear.”

If what a person is wearing is not hindering the activity they are partaking in, then why prevent them from wearing it?

These exact same feelings of anger are being felt by millions of women across Europe, namely, hijab-wearing Muslim women who may now face being fired if they continue to practice their faith.

One would argue that humanity is in need of unity and condemnation of division caused by racism yet this EU court ruling only creates further divisions, removing workers in sectors where there is a skill shortage and causing subjugation by a society that refuses to believe that Muslim women aren’t oppressed by their own religion.

Does a Muslim headscarf, a Sikh turban, or Christian cross impede an employee from conducting their work?

Does a pair of briefs or a swimming cap made for natural Afro hair give athletes an unfair advantage?

It’s about time we start to uphold and allow the freedom of expression that we are so proud of, especially in the face of prejudice against minorities, rather than pander to the wishes of the ignorant.

Zakia Bajwa, Wandsworth resident