Prohibition of religious symbols: no more impact on women, says Quebec

The ban on the wearing of religious symbols by government employees in positions of authority will not affect women more than men, the Legault government continues to say.
The issue of stigmatization of women was at the heart of the discussions on Wednesday, Day 5 of consultations on Bill 21.

The Minister of Immigration, Simon Jolin-Barrette, refused to make a gender analysis (ADS), as requested by the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), Quebec Solidaire (QS), the City of Montreal and the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN).

According to him, Bill 21 applies equally to women, men, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, etc.

Voluntary blindness, immediately responded the Liberal critic for secularism, and former Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Hélène David. At least 80% of teachers in Quebec are women.

According to her, the women who wear the hijab are particularly targeted “because they are the most visible”. Had it not been for the hijab, “would we have gone so far as a bill like this? The question is very serious.

Later in committee, Ms. David submitted that the government was preparing to enshrine in a law the stigmatization of women.

Along the same lines, the CSN cited the Women’s Justice group, which reports a surge in hate incidents in recent weeks.

“There have been problems in workplaces that are not covered by the law, problems on the street, in public transit,” said Marie-Hélène Bonin, union advisor in the Research and Condition Department. female.

“This bill seems to open the door to a lot more hostility towards women wearing headscarves, who are already having a hard time finding a job that matches their skills,” she said. -she adds.

Minister Jolin-Barrette should understand the importance of gender-based analysis, says MP Sol Zanetti of QS, as MPs are able to take training.

Work that should already have been done in the case of Bill 21, believes Mr. Zanetti. “I hope the minister is enrolled in the training, because obviously he does not know what it is.”

If the minister believes that the piece of legislation has the same effect on women as it does on men, let him prove it, he said.

“What I recommend to him is to read Aurelie Lanctot’s book, Liberals do not like women. […] He will see that his bill affects women more than men in the limitation of rights and freedoms, and then, if he reads it, we will not end up saying: “The Caquists do not like women,” he said.

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