On an individual level, I'd find it hard to make a woman choose between her culture and her state, because I can't imagine it's a comfortable or safe position to be in. Yet on a collective level, getting rid of traditions that are based on oppression is something I'm generally for.
Now, "freeing people from themselves" is never really an argument based on creating equality because you're essentially positioning yourself as an adult, while "they" are the children who don't know any better...which isn't equal! If you're making this kind of decision you're saying that your culture is right and they're wrong. So that argument is a bit BS. But it's probably the right call. I don't care enough about Islam culture to really know what the burqa means, but I'm not going to let husbands beat their wives because their culture allows them, and if burqas are that demeaning then get rid of them.