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Parliamentary questions
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17 November 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-005156/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Nadine Morano (PPE)
 Subject: Council of Europe’s pro-hijab campaign

The Council of Europe recently launched an advertising campaign on its website and social media showing women wearing the hijab.

This is not a mere anti-discrimination campaign, it is a blatant attempt to promote the Islamic headscarf, the only sexist religious symbol remaining, which embodies inequality between men and women. Indeed, some of the campaign slogans state that ‘freedom is in the hijab’ or that the hijab is ‘a human right’.

This is simply outrageous. It insults all the brave women in the world whose lives are lost or endangered because they wish to cast off this instrument of subjugation.

Some elements of this campaign supposedly use the Commission’s logo, which suggests that the Commission co-financed it.

In the light of the above:

1. Has the Commission co-financed this campaign? Has it participated in this initiative, whether directly or indirectly?

2. If so, to the tune of how much and with the approval of which authority?

3. Will it condemn this advertising campaign which flies in the face of all European values?

Original language of question: FR
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