I hoped that I would never write about this topic again, but since it's hot topic, I can't stay behind and watch it all coming over me..It's all about this piece of cotton..
Yes, since two weeks the headscarf-issue is back in Europe again. It started with the demonstration of Belgian women who were against the ban of the headscarf at their University. But unlucky for them, The Belgian newspaper De Standaard writes today that the General Council for Schools has forbidden the headscarf.
And because Holland is not really far away from Belgium (we call Belgium sometimes our backyard), since a week we have the same debates and discussions. The chair of the left green party Groen Links, Femke Halsema, said in an interview, that even though she is a liberal socialist and stands for freedom of religion, she wished that fewer women would wear the veil.
Hundreds of Dutch people reacted on this interview and one of them is Mrs. Bennema. She is furious about what the left politician Halsema had said. How on earth could she think that muslim women who wear headscarfs are suppressed and wear this veil unvoluntarily. Out of solidarity she suggested in the online version of the daily newspaper Trouw that we would all wear the veil for a day.
Well, my reaction is:
I sure believe that a lot of women wear their headscarves because it's their own choice. And I want to show that I respect them. So, I am ready to wear a veil for one day but only if they want to take off their veil, also for a day. Just out of solidarity. Fair play, not?