UK media is reporting that posters from a pro-hijab campaign organized by the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO) and funded by the Council of Europe have been pulled complaints by several prominent French politicians. According to a BBC article:
November 3, 2021 Europe’s top human rights organisation has pulled posters from a campaign that promoted respect for Muslim women who choose to wear headscarves after provoking opposition in France. The Council of Europe released the images last week for a campaign against anti-Muslim discrimination. A slogan on one advert read: “Beauty is in diversity as freedom is in hijab”. Several prominent French politicians condemned the message and argued the hijab did not represent freedom. But some Muslim women who wear headscarves said the reaction showed a lack of respect for diversity and the right to choose what to wear in France. France’s youth minister, Sarah El Haïry, said she was shocked by one poster, which showed a split image of one women wearing a hijab, and one not. In an interview on French TV, the minister suggested the poster had encouraged women to wear headscarves. She said this message jarred with the secular values of France, which had expressed its disapproval of the campaign. […] The campaign was the product of two online workshops held in September and organised in collaboration with Femyso, a forum of Muslim youth organisations across Europe. […] The president of Femyso, Hande Taner, defended the campaign on Wednesday in an interview with the BBC. She said “the campaign itself is still on” but added: “As for why the tweet was deleted, I can’t speak on behalf of the Council of Europe.”
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FEMYSO is the youth/student arm of the Council of European Muslims, known to represent the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. One of the important leaders of FEMYSO over the years has been German Muslim Brotherhood leader Ibrahim El-Zayat. In recent times, its leadership has been drawn from the family of important Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Almost all of the FEMYSO member organizations are also tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Over the years, FEMYSO has developed relationships with the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and many other significant organizations at the European and international levels.
The Council of Europe is an organization of 47 member states, 27 of which are members of the European Union. It seeks to protect democracy and human rights and to promote European unity by fostering cooperation on legal, cultural, and social issues. FEMYSO Head of Media Hande Taner is a member of the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth.
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