The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (FCO) held an event on February 1 among London staff to promote the hijab. The event encouraged trying a headscarf, and claimed many women find “respect, liberation and security” in wearing it.
Alleged internal staff poster from UK Foreign Office in support of #WorldHijabDay &the institutional oppression of women through modesty culture,while brave Iranian women risk all to remove hijab tyranny. Foreign Office would never hold #NoHijabDay. Shameful #vote100 #Suffrage100 pic.twitter.com/8acDwRPTUG
— Maajid (@MaajidNawaz) February 6, 2018
Breitbart London Editor Raheem Kassam confirmed the event happened after he received an image reportedly from the internal Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK govt).
From Raheem Kassam
5 February at 18:29 ·
Ok, friends and citizen journalists, I need your help on this one.
Last week, I was sent the below image, purporting to be internal Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK govt) comms to its staff, asking them if they wanted to try on a hijab.
I found it hard to believe this was happening, so we wrote to the FCO asking for a yes or no answer. We got no reply. We called them, and they said they’d get back to us. Almost 15 follow up emails and phone calls later, they are refusing to respond.
So I need your help getting a response out of them. Please e-mail demanding an answer…
Tell them I sent you, and tell them hiding from this isn’t going to make it go away. All I want is the facts. If it didn’t happen, just say so! If it did… why try and lie???
Go, go, go and let me know in the comments when you’ve done it!
After pressure from Kassam’s readers, the Foreign Office finally responded: “This was an internal event for staff in London who wished to gain a better understanding of the different cultural and social issues they may face when working overseas.”
Kassam questioned why staff needed this training in Central London, and why the Government did not comment on the fact that the appeal appears to proselytise on behalf of the Islamic headscarf.
According to Kassam, the British Government has promoted the idea of “liberation” for the hijab when “Muslim women across the world” have shunned it as an antiquated, oppressive, religious tool.