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  • THE DENIAL OF MUSLIM WOMEN’S RIGHT TO WEAR RELIGIOUS CLOTHING AS A FORM OF DISCRIMINATION AND INJUSTICE
  • European Forum of Muslim Women Brussels 20/09/2017 


    Ahead of the European Day against Islamophobia on 21 September, the European Forum of Muslim Women publishes its first position paper on one of the aspects of Islamophobia faced by European Muslim Women;  the denial of their right to wear religious clothing and the consequences of this breach on their freedom of thought, conscience and religion  

    Through this paper, we hope to provide an overview of the current situation for Muslim women in Europe, the multiple underlying issues affecting them and propose solutions that will help protect their fundamental rights in a pluralistic, democratic, Europe. A growing number of European countries now have laws and policies that directly restrict Muslim women’s choice of clothing while Muslim women also face indirect pressures from political discourse, social norms and media coverage As this paper illustrates, Islamophobia for Muslim women in Europe is a complex mix of direct acts of violence, discrimination, social exclusion, media prejudice, structural sexism, and for those from an ethnic minority background, racism.

    As a network of Muslim women organisations working for the empowerment and inclusion of all european Muslim women, we remain committed to our mandate and hope this paper will set us ahead and be one of the milestones in our fight for equality and justice. 

    Read position paper here.



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