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, is a member of the Swedish Parliament and has - according to her words - a particular Afghanistan related background. As she stated, she herself travelled through Afghanistan in order to understand the reasons for wearing the Burqa. For Ms Hägg it was clear from the beginning onwards that every person in each society shall have the right to wear the clothes they desire to wear. Expressing her most important concern, she claimed that if the Burqa was forbidden by law, women would not be allowed to participate in social life at all. Furthermore, one should also take into account that the Burqa is a tradition and that most women have chosen to wear it themselves. Nevertheless, a situation in which women are threatened for not wearing a Burqa is not acceptable for Ms Hägg either. Additionally, Ms Hägg mentioned that the Burqa was comparable to some European traditions in which headscarves are commonly worn in the countryside.

Nursuna Memecan, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rapporteur of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, member of the Turkish Parliament from a liberal democratic party, said, that women should be as free as any other human being. For her, the Burqa should not be prohibited because one should not restrict people from wearing what they want. Furthermore, as long as other people want their choices to be treated respectfully, foreign choices also have to be treated with the same respect. However, she also said that the more self confident a person is, the more choices he or she can make. A ban of the Burqa would however depict a step back to authoritarianism. Furthermore, a ban would not punish the men who force their women to wear a Burqa but would punish the women themselves, who then might be very restricted in leaving their house. Ms Memecan stated that she did not understand the reasoning behind covering women’s hair but people should not have the right to tell other people what to wear. Because of the political discussion around the Burqa, many women wearing a Burqa shy away from participating in society. This was not acceptable to Ms Memecan who rather demanded welcoming these women to European societies. Furthermore more interaction with these women was needed in order to help them in the right manner. All in all, oppression of women should be punished and women would have to be empowered and not be excluded from society.