EU hijab inclusivity campaign dropped after anger in France


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In Muslim majority countries, a woman can be harmed for not wearing hers

My understanding, like yours is that wearing a hijab/ niqab/burka/etc is very much a forced thing in some Muslim majority countries. (I say "some" because I really have no idea what the percentage would be)
And I agree that, in those countries, freedom from hijab is needed, because I don't think that people should be forced to wear anything.

However, I'd wager that, in France, the situation is different. And to be clear this is speculation, but going from my own experience in other countries, wearing a hijab (or other similar garm) can make them a target for xenophobic remarks. That makes the situation be one where wearing hijab leads to harassment, and possibly even harm.
Again, this is speculation, but I'd assume that this is what the campaign was trying to adress.

With that said, I do see news stories every now and then about intra-familial pressure for young girls to wear a hijab in my country, as well as other western countries. To what extent it happens I can't say, but that would obviously not be ok. (Although, having more controlling parenting towards daughters than sons is not unique towards Muslim people, it's infuriatingly common most of the world, western countries included)

To round this out, here's a thought experiment: Let's say that there is some girl, in France who is harshly pressured by her parents to wear a hijab. She doesn't want to wear one, but if she doesn't she gets punished, gets no allowance, gets a curfew, shouted at, etc.
I would say then, if that was the case, also getting harassed for wearing one on the way to school, on public transport, or just generally in public, is just punishing her even more.

My point is, let's not forget about the individual. She shouldn't be forced to wear one, but that problem is a whole lot easier to solve if she doesn't also feel shunned by the rest of society.

Sorry for the wall of text, TLDR: I agree with you, but also it's complex issue and blah blah blah.


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