The European Forum of Muslim Women (EFOMW) has published a statement saying it was grateful to have contributed to an extensive set of policy recommendations on combatting anti-Muslim racism adopted by the Council of Europe’s main anti-racism body in December 2021. According to a post on the EFOMW website:
March 2, 2022 Since 2020 EFOMW has participated in consultation meetings with European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) regarding intolerance and discrimination against Muslims, and more specifically in revision of its General Policy Recommendation (GPR) No.5. Consultation meetings were organised with aim to get feedback from leading civil society organisations working in this field, on the experiences of the Muslim (real or perceived) community.
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On 1 March 2022, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, the Council of Europe’s main anti-racism body, published its revised General Policy Recommendation (GPR) No. V. This new document contains a total of 60 propositions, including ensuring the inclusion of the principle of intersectionality in all future equality policies, demanding public institutions make provisions for the accommodation of religious requirements and removing discriminatory legal obstacles regarding the construction of Muslim places of worship. GPRs are designed to provide detailed guidelines that policymakers are invited to use when drawing up national strategies and policies in various fields. They are specifically addressed to the national authorities of 47 Council of Europe member states but are also intended to be acted upon by European societies in general.
The EFOMW is affiliated with the Council of European Muslims (CEM), the umbrella group representing the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in Europe. While the EFOMW history provided on its website fails to mention this background, the group’s member organizations and current leadership continue to show many links to CEM and the GMB. Several of EFOMW’s current and former officers are the wives or relatives of leading CEM officers, such as former EFOMW President Noura Jaballah (wife of Ahmed Jaballah), Nadia Karmous (wife of Mohamed Karmous) or Hiba Taraji (sister of Houaida Taraji). The EFOMW has a history of close cooperation with the Council of Europe, documented by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR), including an August 2021 report covering a controversial workshop where pro-hijab campaigning materials were produced.
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