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FrP brings hijab ban to Parliament. Norway’s Muslim schoolchildren could soon face a ban on wearing hijabs. The far-Right Progress Party (FrP) is to present its proposal in Parliament today. “The hijab is not a Christian cross. The Cross is not big and flamboyant, nor is it an obstacle to participating in swimming lessons,” Mette Hanekamhaug, FrP’s member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Research, and Church Affairs tells Dagsavisen. Ms Hanekamhaug argues school is not an arena for religious or cultural symbols. She continues by saying whilst she fully respects other cultures and religions, school should be a place of equality.

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FrP brings hijab ban to Parliament

Published on Monday, 6th December, 2010 at 12:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 6th December 2010 at 14:08.

Norway’s Muslim schoolchildren could soon face a ban on wearing hijabs. The far-Right Progress Party (FrP) is to present its proposal in Parliament today.

Women in the street in Shiraz (illus. ph.)
Women in the street in Shiraz (illus. ph.)
Photo: Zoom Zoom/Wikimedia Commons


Equality?

“The hijab is not a Christian cross. The Cross is not big and flamboyant, nor is it an obstacle to participating in swimming lessons,” Mette Hanekamhaug, FrP’s member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Research, and Church Affairs tells Dagsavisen.

Ms Hanekamhaug argues school is not an arena for religious or cultural symbols. She continues by saying whilst she fully respects other cultures and religions, school should be a place of equality.

“The hijab is a symbol of oppression and girls are seen as inferior. All children must be allowed to play together on an equal basis. School is an arena where they should meet on an equal basis and with 100 percent equal rights. We cannot allow forcing someone to wear such religious and cultural symbols,” she writes on the Party’s website.

FrP has long been actively opposed to the hijab, both in schools and at work. The Party lists a commentary on its Internet site from 30 April 2007 by Per-Willy Amundsen, its immigration policy spokesperson, suggesting a change to legislation so employers can forbid women to use the hijab at work.

Mr Amundsen has also hinted banning minaret building in Norway, as the Swiss have already done, is worth considering, and his Party has said it would also like to ban burkas and niqabs in public.

Protection

Norway has already experienced a touchy debate about hijabs. Last year, Minister of Justice Knut Storberget withdrew a decision by his own Ministry in favour of allowing hijabs into the police force.

Politicians were also split on the hijab issue. Kristin Halvorsen, Minister of Education and leader of the Socialist Left Party (SV), has discounted banning hijabs in schools.

Mette Hanekamhaug believes FrP’s proposal will also aid integration and prevent bullying at school.

“We see that hijab-wearing children from the age of seven are experiencing bullying and stigmatization because of it. We therefore wish to protect the rights of these children. I am sure this will lead to more integration long-term. This forms the basis for many fundamental ideas and values,” she says.




Published on Monday, 6th December, 2010 at 12:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 6th December 2010 at 14:08.

This post has the following tags: hijab, burka, niqab, progress, party, frp, per-willy, amundsen, mette, hanekamhaug, knut, storberget, kristin, halvorsen, parliament, law, .





  
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