Canadian minister criticised after posing with campaigner Malala Yousafzai in headscarf
Canadian province’s Quebec Education minister Jean-Francois Roberge is being knocked apart and facing charges of hypocrisy after he posted a photo with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Friday. Yousafzi shot to fame after she was shot in the head by the Taliban’s for insisting to going to school.
In the post the minister said he had a great encounter with Yousafzai to discuss access to education and international development. The photograph, which was shot in France, shows the minister with Yousafzi wearing a headscarf.
The Canadian province of Quebec passed Bill 21 – a controversial secular reform - in early June that forbids civil servants in positions of authority – including teachers who cannot wear rosaries – from wearing religious symbols while at work. The bill has been imposed with the idea to keep the church and state separate.
But the critics felt that Muslim women were being unfairly targeted with the passing of the bill and when the photograph of the hijab-clad Yousafzi went viral on the internet, social media enthusiasts called Roberge ‘a hypocrite’.