Headscarves officially banned from Danish military

Soren Gade, the Defense Minister of Denmark, has informed Parliament that Muslim women working in the Danish armed forces will not be allowed to wear their traditional headscarves anymore while on duty. The recent debate has threatened to boil over into a social bias issue, but the military is standing firm that their uniform is distinct and necessary for a purpose.

The response from the Defense Minister comes after a week of debate over a female Home Guard solider, Maria Mawla, who was given permission to wear her headscarf under her helmet while in uniform. The Danish People’s Party, however, reacted strongly to this in a Parliament session and demanded the Home Guard either enforce the uniform code or tell Ms Mawla to find another job.


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