GENDER EQUALITY TRANSVERSAL GROUP
Strasbourg, 21 May 2010
THE BURQA: SYMBOL OF OPPRESSION
OR AFFIRMATION OF IDENTITY?
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 from 10.30 am to 12.30 am
room 2, Palais de l’Europe
Chair: Karin Nordmeyer – Chair of the Gender Equality Transversal Group of the Conference of INGOs
Moderator: Christoph Spreng (Special Advisor of the Conference of INGOs for intercultural dialogue)
Opening and welcome of the participants
Speech by Carina Hägg, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Vice-Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on equal participation of women and men in decision-making
Speech by Saïd Aalla, Chair of the Strasbourg Great Mosque
Nursuna Memecan, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rapporteur of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men of the Parliamentary Assembly
Exchange of views on the burqa
I. Proposed themes for discussion:
The burqa and women’s rights
A threat to gender equality?
Discrimination against women or social and cultural tradition?
II. Discussion on a strategy for the Conference of INGOs which could encourage intercultural dialogue and contribute effectively to a process of mediation.
Outcome / Conclusions