Monday, December 15, 2008

Headscarves OK in Sweden

Directly quoting:
Headscarf Issue Alive In Sweden
December 15th, 2008 by Fred Stopsky of "The Impudent Observer"

The world is suffering from a severe economic crisis, terrorism has devastated people of Mumbai, Israel and Palestinians still fight one another, but for some reason, the issue of what a girl wears on the top of her head is a dominant issue for some people. During the 1960s, men and women went crazy over a boy who wore his hair long, and now in the first decade of the 21st century, a major concern for some is the headscarf. A Muslim student in a Swedish school was told she could not wear her headscarf because somehow it interfered with her work in school. The student was in a hotel and catering course that entails a period of time working in a hotel. But, the hotel refused to accept the girl unless she removed her headscarf.

The young lady refused to abandon her headscarf and sued the school district. The Swedish Ombundsman against Discrimination(DO) awarded the young lady damages of $7,400 and said she had a right to wear the headscarf. The hotel apologized and the ban on wearing a headscarf has been lifted. Now, if we could resolve other religious issues in such an easy manner….

See also this article in "The Local: Sweden's News in English".

If you're interested in head coverings in Sweden, you might also find this gender-differences story interesting, from the same news source: "Boys blocked from bearing 'girls-only' Lucia crown."
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