The Federation of Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO) has issued a statement praising a decision to allow religious clothing in Higher Education in the Wallonia-Brussels region. According to the FEMYSO statement:
January 18, 2020 With the continuous efforts and commitments of grassroots young Muslim activists in Belgium, a historical decision has been taken: from September 2021 onwards, religious symbols in higher education are authorised by the educational authority of Wallonia-Brussels. This historical development could not have come without young women advocating for their rights, and without a reminder of the fundamental values that we stand for in Europe. FEMYSO congratulates the #HijabisFightBack activists, CCIB (Collective against Islamophobia in Belgium), la 5e vague and le Collectif les 100 diplômées: grassroots NGOs and movements who worked tirelessly to make education accessible for all. FEMYSO also congratulates the authorities who made a wise decision to ensure students their full freedom in what they want to wear at higher education.
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In July 2020, FEMYSO published a “#DontTouchMyStudies“ campaign video accusing the Constitutional Court of Belgium of “human rights abuses” for upholding a 1994 ban on wearing religious symbols in official Higher Education institutions.
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported in November 2020 that Kauthar Bouchallikht, the former FEMYSO Vice-Chairman and a candidate for the March 2021 Dutch parliamentary elections, is likely the daughter of one of the most important leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Netherlands. Other GIOR reporting on FEMYSO has included:
- In October 2020, the GIOR reported that FEMYSO’s President participated in a virtual meeting attended by many key organizations of the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
- In October 2020, the GIOR reported on FEMYSO’s ties to the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), which was identified as an Islamist influence operation.
- In October 2020, the GIOR reported that FEMYSO was among a group of civil society organizations with links to the European Muslim Brotherhood calling for the adoption of anti-racist legislation mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on Muslim communities.
- In November 2020, the GIOR reported that FEMYSO hosted an anti-Islamophobia event with several top EU officials.
- In November 2020, the GIOR reported that FEMYSO was among a group of Muslim advocacy organizations accusing the French president of a “unilateral assault on Muslims, Islam, and the Prophet Muhammad.”
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 level.