20 February 2018, GENEVA – The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (hereinafter “the Geneva Centre”) has published the “Veiling/Unveiling” catalogue that explores the history of the headscarf in different religious and cultural contexts.
The catalogue depicts the panels that will be presented during a cultural exhibition on the headscarf, coordinated by the Geneva Centre and the Permanent Mission of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva. This exhibition will be displayed from 23 February to 1 March 2018 at Palais des Nations (entrance E40) as a side-event to the 37th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The aim of this exhibition is to identify commonalities in the use of the headscarf through different historical epochs and in the three Abrahamic religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It will attempt to deconstruct existing myths regarding the use of the headscarf and its politicization in modern societies.
To mark the inauguration of the exhibition, a panel debate on the same theme will be held on 23 February 2018, from 11:45 to 13:00, in room XXI at Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The Geneva Centre’s Chairman H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim and the Deputy Permanent Representative of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Mr. Toufik Djouama, will deliver opening remarks.
The following experts representing the Islamic, Christian and Jewish traditions will offer their perspectives on the use of the headscarf in traditional and modern settings:
- Ms. Elisabeth Reichen- Amsler, Director of the section “Church and society” within the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Neuchâtel Canton (EREN);
- Dr. Malika Hamidi, PhD in Sociology at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris, author of “Un féminisme musulman, et pourquoi pas ?” (L’Aube, 2017);
- Dr. Valérie Rhein, PhD in Judaism at the Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Bern.
The moderator of the panel debate will be the Geneva Centre’s Executive Director H. E. Ambassador Idriss Jazairy.
For more information on the exhibition and the panel debate, please contact the Geneva Centre via email at firstname.lastname@example.org