First Veiled Muslim Woman In Swedish TV - Palestine Chronicle, USA
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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