State Secretary for Equal Opportunities Zuhal Demir is adamant.
The veil has no place at school says Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities Zuhal Demir (N-VA) Saturday in the columns of Het Nieuwsblad, Gazet of Antwerp and The Importance of Limburg. "A school is like a house: you have to feel free, so the veil is out of place".
These statements derive from the Secretary of State's finding that girls begin to wear the veil earlier and earlier. "And it's a problem, you do not have to standardize that inequality at school, you have to have them taste equality at school, so they can make their own choices later on, learn from their puberty or even before they are responsible for their honor or men's behavior It is more the responsibility of men The clothing worn by these young women is used to hide their bodies, not to protect it, let them have the choice ".
Mrs. Demir hopes that the next government will pick up and lead the matter "debate for adults" about it.
In response, Lieven Boeve, head of Dutch-speaking Catholic education, said that it was not up to the government to ban such things. "What does not mean that a school can not do it, for example if there is too much pressure on a girl to wear the veil against her will, but it is not with a new political ban that we will help schools and students."
In the same interview Zuhal Demir refuses to grant subsidies to mosques that separate men and women.
It also wants to ban dual nationality for politicians and magistrates. "It is not normal that Belgian-Turkish aldermen are elected and are still going to Turkey to fulfill their military service. If we want to keep this second nationality, we have to give up its political rights, for example by no longer voting in Turkey. Your second naivety would then become a kind of memory. It is perfectly possible from a legal point of view. "