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  • Zafar Khan
    First Veiled Muslim Woman In Swedish TV Tuesday, September 02 2003 @ 03:45 AM GMT Nadia Gabriel, a Swedish of Palestinian origin, worked in the Swedish TV
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2003
      First Veiled Muslim Woman In Swedish TV

      Tuesday, September 02 2003 @ 03:45 AM GMT

      "Nadia Gabriel, a Swedish of Palestinian origin,
      worked in the Swedish TV with the team of “Mosaic”
      program that deals with the issues of expatriates
      living in Swedish community .."

      By Yehia Abu Zakariya

      http://palestinechronicle.com/article.php?story=20030902034524897

      STOKHOLM - In an unprecedented incident, a Muslim
      veiled woman has managed to work as a TV announcer in
      Sweden and appear in her Islamic apparel before
      millions of audiences, talking to them about different
      programs, without fearing discrimination or
      harassment.

      This followed the official Swedish TV decision that
      has been taken lately to the effect that Sweden
      respects cultures and religions and that religious
      freedom is guaranteed to all under the Swedish law.

      With this move, the Swedish TV becomes the first
      western media organization that allows a Muslim veiled
      woman to be an announcer dealing with Christian
      audience and talking to them in their language and may
      tackle subjects related to their lives.

      It is worth noting that the official Swedish TV is far
      more conservative than other some Arab media
      organizations, as porno movies are forbidden and
      publicity for different kinds of alcohol is
      prohibited.

      It has become familiar in Sweden to meet veiled women
      everywhere in work places, like post offices,
      hospitals, education institutions and others.

      Nadia Gabriel, a Swedish of Palestinian origin, worked
      in the Swedish TV with the team of “Mosaic” program
      that deals with the issues of expatriates living in
      the Swedish community, before some refer to her veil.
      Yet, she fought until her veil was recognized in the
      Swedish TV by virtue of the latest decision.

      In an interview with IslamOline.net correspondent
      Monday, September 1, she said that she is happy with
      the decision and that she is committed towards her
      veil. She added that she speaks Arabic as fluently as
      Swedish, which is her mother tongue as she was born in
      Sweden.

      She pointed out that she will present a program
      starting 2004 that deals primarily with kitchen
      affairs, adding that such programs are very popular in
      Sweden.

      About her future plans, Gabriel said that she thinks
      of preparing serious programs that aim at helping
      immigrants in Sweden, hoping such programs may achieve
      success. She underlined that her veil will not prevent
      her from performing her media duties even in the most
      liberal communities like Sweden.

      According to the laws applicable in Sweden, any veiled
      woman, who is exposed to any racial or religious
      discrimination due to her veil, shall have the right
      to sue her employer who treated her badly because of
      her veil.

      A Swedish Muslim girl had been fired from her job in a
      large store in Sweden. She sued her employer and was
      done justice by the court that handles discrimination
      issues. She returned to her job and obtained a good
      compensation.

      Due to these laws that grant Muslim women the right to
      wear veils, Sweden is almost free of the phenomenon of
      harassing veiled women, contrary to what happens in
      Belgium, France and some other western states.

      Swedish and non-Swedish women have the right to get
      official passports and identity cards, without having
      to remove their veils, as all government circles
      accept veiled women in Sweden without the least
      annoyance.

      Source: IslamOnLine.net



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