Thursday, November 17, 2005

It's a topsy turvy world we live in...

Today from The Times:

Islamic groups across Europe have campaigned for years for the right of Muslim women to wear the religious headscarf, or hijab. Now a Muslim woman in the Netherlands has won the right not to wear it!

The Islamic College of Amsterdam rejected Samira Haddad's job application after she said in an interview that she did not wear it as she was from Tunisia where the wearing of the hijab in public is prohibited.

Ms Haddad complained to a local anti-discrimination body, but the school cited the Koran in its defence. She then took the case to the Equality Commission, which decided that the Koran was not legally binding in the Netherlands.

Also today from The Guardian:

Ken Livingstone withdraws safety leaflet for women on the London underground after it was denounced as sexist and patronising. Tube Tips for Women was decorated with lipsticks and warned women to be careful on the escalators "especially if you are wearing your party shoes".

It said they should make sure trains did not "rock them to sleep" and to eat breakfast so they did not faint. Lady Hamwee, who raised the issue, said: "Transport for London should produce information campaigns and action that don't use outdated stereotypes."

I really don't know which story is more bizarre!

Addendum: And which woman is free?


Blogger Lightning said...

I think common sense has been banned by the European Civil Rights movement

Thu Nov 17, 02:32:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Six Years Late said...

Gavin I thought you may appreciate this link. It'll make you laugh

Thu Nov 17, 03:08:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Six Years Late said...

You can guarantee that the agency producing the leaflet would have put a female team on it. Blokes wouldn't have come up with creative like that for fear of getting castigated. It probably would have been far more effective for the target audience than whatever's going to replace it. ah well

Thu Nov 17, 03:41:00 PM GMT  
Blogger ianhug66 said...

It's a topsy turvy world, we as a nation are champions at it. Someones always complaining about the most mundane crap. I see the Sun have started a campaign to save xmas from the PC nutters.

Thu Nov 17, 07:08:00 PM GMT  

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