Sunday, July 14, 2024

The headscarf debate


A commission established by the government last year to look into the situation of non-Danish women in Denmark came with a shocking proposal – to ban headscarves in schools. 

  • Why? “It divides children and shows that Muslim girls are different from Danish girls” according to the commission. 
  • A similar ban was introduced in France in 2004. As a result, 5% of the girls that wanted to wear a headscarf have abandoned school. There is a high risk that in Denmark the percentage will be much higher. 
  • If the headscarves should be banned, all other religious symbols in schools need to be banned as otherwise it is religious discrimination. Freedom of religion is protected by the Constitution. 
  • The leaders of the Danish schools do not support the idea and call it a “huge problem”. Several experts have denounced the commission as their work so far is not based on any researched evidence. 
Narcis George Matache
Narcis George Matache
Executive Editor and Founder of "Last Week in Denmark".

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