A debate in Greater Manchester has been trying to dispel some of the myths about covering a muslim woman's head and face.
As part of a conference members of the public were given the chance to speak to women who wear the niqab.
Sarah Rogers reports.
A debate on the wearing of the niquab is taking place in Rochdale.
The wearing of a religious veil will be discussed at a conference in Rochdale. The niqab covers a Muslim woman's head and face apart from the eyes, but not the entire body. Members of the community will have the chance to speak to women who wear the niqab.
The relics of a 19th century Italian Catholic priest go on display in Liverpool today
The city's Metropolitan Cathedral is hosting the relics of St John Bosco as part of a world tour.
They can be seen in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel until a closing mass at 5.15pm.
The Dalai Lama is continuing his visit to Manchester. Yesterday he was introduced to thousands of young people by the comedian Russell Brand earlier at the Manchester Arena.
His latest tour of Britain aims to spread the Buddhist message of peace and understanding.