Den svenske finansministeren Magdalena Andersson har blitt skarpt kritisert etter at hun la ut et bilde av seg selv, likestillingsminister Åsa Regnér og utdanningsminister Helene Hellmark Knutsson stående foran slottet iført hatter. Bildeteksten lød: ”Vad tycker Björklund om att kvinnliga statsråd måste ha hatt på sig vid statsbesök”. Dette skulle være et slags tilsvar til kritikken etter at de kvinnelige medlemmene i den svenske delegasjonen nylig måtte iføre seg tvangshijab i Iran. Hatt er det samme som hijab?
På besøk i Iran. Sånn blir det når svenske feminister møter islam på et nivå hvor man har sluttet å leke butikk.
Den modige og aktive gruppen My Stealthy Freedom i Iran er ikke imponert over de svenske damene. Det var disse iranske kvinnene som barberte hodet for å slippe å gå med hijab.
I et åpent brev til den svenske finansministeren skriver de på Facebook (et kort oversatt sammendrag): Ikke sammenlign din hatt med den tvangsbelagte hijaben. Har du noengang i ditt liv blitt tvunget til å gå med hijab? Har du noengang erfart brutaliteten av moralen som tvinger deg til å dekke håret ditt? Svaret er: NEI. Men for oss, millioner av iranske kvinner er dette dessverre den daglige realitet. Det er sannsynligvis derfor du ikke forstår forskjellen mellom en tvangshijab og en hatt. Ved å vise frem bilder av deg med hatt så fornærmer du alle kvinner som har kjempet mot hijab. Ved å sammenligne hatt og hijab så banaliserer du hva iranske kvinner daglig blir utsatt for. Vi må alle være modige og si NEI til enhver form for ydmykelse. Det kalles søsterskap og solidaritet.
I am an Iranian woman and the founder of My Stealthy Freedom Campaign that has been militating against compulsory veil and in favour of freedom of choice for women. You claimed that wearing headscarf in Iran is the same as wearing a hat in Sweden. Are you serious?
This is me in the picture when I was a parliamentary journalist, The cleric is trying to punch me on the face just because of not wearing a proper islamic hijab. A hat was not an option.
Have you ever been forced to wear the hijab all your life? Have you ever experienced the brutality of the morality forcing you to cover your hair? The answer is: NO. However, for us, millions of Iranian women, this is unfortunately a daily reality of our life. That is why you probably do not understand the difference between a compulsory headscarf and a hat (which, by the way, you have worn willingly). Your comparison of both situations is downright inattentive to the daily struggles of millions of Iranian women who brave beatings by the morality police whenever they attempt to express their freedom of choice.
Yes, you can make fun of our struggle, but I would appreciate it if you understood that we are talking about compulsory hijab whereas when you show us your pictures with hats, you are actually exercising your freedom of choice. You are actually trying to blur the huge distinction between the compulsory veil that Iranian have to wear and your act of willingly wearing a hat. I am sure that you must have condemned the burking ban in France. So did our campaign because the burkini ban as well ran counter to freedom of choice. By the same token, you never downplayed the burkini ban like the way you are downplaying the compulsory veil law in Iran.
No-one forced you to wear these beautiful hats. We sincerely wish that you have fun and stay safe. Despite your stance, we will never give up our struggle and I am sure one day you will hear our voice and our challenge against compulsory hijab. As evidenced by your act of wearing the compulsory veil when you were in Iran, it is no longer an internal matter; our government forced all of you to follow a discriminatory law. We all have to be brave and say NO to any form of humiliation. That is called sisterhood and solidarity. Let’s be clear: we have never asked you to insult the laws in our country; we have merely asked you to challenge this insulting law and not to abide by it.
By showing us pictures of yourselves in hats that downplay your act of wearing the compulsory veil, you are actually insulting all women who have been fighting against compulsory hijab. By blurring the distinction between both, you are banalising what Iranian women have to endure on a daily basis. Stand by your sisters and do not hesitate to grill our rulers about this discriminatory law. History will judge all of us. By the way, we are welcoming you to our beautiful country, but please be as brave as Iranian women and challenge the compulsory hijab because if you forced Iranian female politicians to take off their headscarves upon their visits to the West, they would definitely protest. We are in favour of good relations with the West, but we would have loved to see you stand your ground and preach the feminism the same way you do it in Sweden.
Der tenker jeg Magdalena Andersson fikk så hatten passet!