Source: Daily Times
It is a great pleasure and honour for all of us to be here today, in a quantum leap of a revolutionised understanding of the world, where the product of a time that once divided it into blocs, now sees into the everyday life and curiosities of its citizens, and treats them with dignity and respect.
Two generations ago, the idea that homosexuals could legally get married and adopt children was unthinkable. Today, laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down and same-sex marriage has been legislated in more than 20 countries around the globe.
In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on Saudi women driving in the kingdom, a policy that had long served as a symbol of the country’s unequal treatment of women; this stood as the only one of its kind in the world.
However, in regards to the Muslim veil ban debate in the European states over the years, has the recent decision of the EU’s highest court of ruling been able to achieve the perfect balance between ‘freedom of religious expression’ and ‘sensible living’? Most can say that the the beginning of 2018 has seen a significant step forward into the West’s move to outlaw Muslim headscarves and veils, in public. The movement to limit women headwear (the burqa and veil) had been growing in Europe for more than a decade, and now, the European Court of Justice has ruled its first decision on the issue of employees wearing visible religious symbols at work.