Allow me to recommend a post by a friend of mine, working in Kenya. He writes about female genital mutilation which is a serious issue in Africa. Kenya is a good example with 32 percent of the country's women having gone through ritual mutilation. Lakipedia, Kenya, the World gives some insight into why genital cutting is still widely practiced in Kenya - and many other parts of Africa.
There is, by the way, a reason for why I am not referring to genital mutilation as female circumcision. Simply because it's wrong: the procedure is not comparable to male circumcision. More than 80 percent of the times it includes partly or full removal of clitoris - and is not limited to excision of skin as for example in the Jewish tradition.
Let us scrap the headscarf debate and discuss a problem like this instead!