Human rights groups argue that the ban on the face veil violates the rights of Danish citizens. Few Muslim women in Denmark wear such full-face veils.
Protesters in Copenhagen wore the niqab veil, which covers the whole body except the eyes, the all-enveloping burqa, and other face coverings.
French business executive of Algerian origins, Rachid Nekkaz, has launched a fund against the burqa ban, which he called "illegal", and paid over 500 fines in six countries.
Members of the Women in Dialogue group, which campaigns against Denmark's ban on full face coverings, including the Muslim niqab and burqa, hold a banner for the group. But Muslim organisations say the law is part of a broader attack on Muslim culture, stoked by the country's populist right, that is gradually encroaching on their religious freedom. Now that these women face penalties for covering their faces in public, Sabina says they will have to do the majority of their work on social media from their homes.
Danish supporters and opponents of the ban clashed verbally Wednesday as the law took effect.
"We are in a situation where the laws are changing very quickly if public opinion demands it, and that is a very sad thing because then there is no resistance to laws that are implemented to discriminate directly against a religious minority".
Born and raised in Denmark by parents who emigrated from Turkey, she has worn the niqab since she was 18.
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Fotis Filippou, Europe director of human rights group Amnesty International, said about the ban: "If the intention of this law was to protect women's rights, it fails abjectly".
Under the law, people are allowed to cover their face when there is a "recognizable objective", such as cold weather, or when wearing motorbike helmets on the roads.
"I don't think there are many who wear the burqa here in Denmark".
Violation of the law will result in a fine ranging from 1,000 Danish kroner (about 150 US dollars) to 10,000 kroner (about 1,504 USA dollars) for repeat offenders.
"It is incompatible with the values of the Danish society or the respect for the community to keep the face hidden when meeting each other in the public space", Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen said at the time.
As of 2017, non-Western immigrants account for 8.7 percent of Denmark's 5.7 million population.
Women in Dialogue, which was created in response to the ban's initial proposal a year ago, did a lot of its work on the streets or at universities, with veiled women handing out fliers and giving speeches to promote dialogue and educate people about the niqab.
The survey suggested a high level of public support for the tougher approach on integration shown by the country's national conservative government, which like Denmark is one of several countries which have introduced a niqab ban recently.