Story of a billboard triggered a political war

April 16, 20180 Comments

A billboard launched by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs with the slogan “My hijab … makes my life better” stirred a  controversy in Kuwait with many activists criticizing it for promoting intellectual currents through the “hijab” and infringing the laws of the Kuwaiti constitution.

In this context, Kuwaiti National Assembly member Safa Al Hashem published a tweet which featured a photo of the billboard in question, with the comment: “A strange campaign. A civil state with a constitution that guarantees personal freedom cannot approve of such advertisement.”

In an interview with Al Arabiya.net, Hashem affirmed that she contacted the Minister of Endowments to stop the campaign that she deemed “strange”.

Hashem stated: “I did not attack the hijab itself as I still think it is a personal matter as held in the Constitution and a lot of women in my entourage are veiled. I consider claims arguing that my statement is a response to me being non-elected futile as I would not benefit from attacking my own electors.

My question was to the point, ‘who is behind this campaign’? Is it a campaign promoted by the ministry itself or a governmental one? If it funded by the government, why does the billboard feature the name of a third party? And since when and on what terms are government awareness campaigns sponsored by persons?”

Source : Arabtimes

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