“Freedom in the hijab”: the Council of Europe cancels its controversial campaign

Launched last week by the Council of Europe’s Anti-Discrimination and Inclusion Program and co-funded by the European Union, a campaign celebrating diversity and “freedom in the hijab” has sparked a heated debate in France, leading the organization to withdraw it on Tuesday.

This campaign featured portraits of several young women, veiled over only one half of the image.

A message in English stated in particular: “beauty is in diversity as freedom is in hijab” (“beauty is in diversity as freedom is in the hijab”).

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