Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Denmark: Immigrant mothers forced out of isolation

Immigrant women gear up for emancipation

The key to integration of immigrants lies with the women, experts say. Encouraging Muslim women to rebel against repressive gender roles is the only way to have their families become an integral part of Danish society. Poul Christian Matthiesen, a professor of demographics and population consultant for the national statistics bureau, told daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten that many immigrant women were doomed to isolation because they did not dare to challenge their role as housewives. 'I don't believe that you can live in Danish society without accepting that there is equality between men and women here. You can't hold on to your former culture if it is one that promotes gender role patterns that are harmful to the family's economic prospects, forcing the family into a lower class,' Matthiesen said. Immigration consultants, however, said the rebellion was already well on way. In Denmark, less than half of all immigrants from non-Western countries are employed. For women of certain nationalities, such as Somali and Palestinian, the employment rate is less than ten percent.

Immigrant mothers forced out of isolation

Attending support meetings for new mothers should be obligatory for immigrant women, in order to force them out of their homes and into society, integration experts and the Social Democrats agree. The conference's proposal to create summer schools that keep immigrants connected to the education system caught the attention of Hvilshøj. Other proposals offered by the conference included creating family contracts; establishing meeting places at the country's schools, where cultural and social clubs could meet local business leaders; and creating an internet portal that would break down prejudices about immigrants and help more immigrants find a job. Danish-Pakistani journalist and author Rushy Rashid presented the idea that immigrant mothers should be obligated to join mother support groups, organised by local authorities but currently voluntary for women to attend.

From an older post:

“Women who go to hairdressers will go to hell”

Statistics Denmark reported last month that up to 13,000 immigrant women have little or no contact with Danish society. A large share of immigrant women in Denmark live in almost complete isolation from Danish society, and this might make it more difficult for the government to fulfil its promise to get 25,000 immigrants into jobs over the next five years. Some 100,000 immigrant women of working age live in Denmark, and 60 percent of these are currently unem-ployed. Among women who come from Lebanon, Somalia and Afghanistan, the rate of unemployment is as high as 85 to 90 percent. At the same time, calculations from Statistics Denmark have shown that up to 13,000 immigrant women have little or no contact with Danish society. Newly appointed Integration Minister Rikke Hvilshøj said that if these women were held back by their husbands, then that was totally unacceptable and a problem that would have to be addressed.

5 Comments:

At August 24, 2005 5:45 PM, Blogger Laurel said...

Whoa! These people are really scared. They are so scared of change.

 
At August 24, 2005 7:02 PM, Blogger erp said...

laurel, they're scared because the men in their extended family and that includes sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, nephews, uncles, grandfathers and male in-laws have the legal right to rape and torture and even kill them and their daughters and then throw them in the garbage because they're damaged goods.

For more perspective, here's an interesting story on inbreeding that appeared in the Jerusalem Post.

I have long thought that the only way things will change for Muslim women is if they unite and fight for themselves and their daughters. They will get no help from liberal women's groups who are only interested in spreading socialism and couldn't care less about oppressed women and even the Nordic people who have a long history of compassion for others less fortunate, have not stepped to protect women living in within their borders, but have permitted their Muslim enclaves to live by their own harsh Islamic laws even when they are in direct opposition to the laws of the land.

Rapes and murders have not been prosecuted because according to the law of sharia, it is permitted to kill a daughter who has dishonored the family. It's mind boggling. A girl is raped. The rapist gets a pass because Muslim men are not expected to have any self control and if they rape, it's because the girl/woman used her feminine wiles to get him to rape her, so obviously she must die to avenge the family's honor.

Likewise a girl may be killed to uphold the family's honor even when she wasn't even the one to dishonor the family. If her brother does something not permitted, like talking to a girl, the sister is killed to show how seriously they take their honor.

These women are scared with very good reason.

 
At August 24, 2005 8:04 PM, Blogger Jude the Obscure said...

Can't control the men so try through the women. What sort of work will uneducated immigrant women be able to do? Most of them are continually pregnant. Mullahs will take over the 'support' groups. Of course these women don't dare to challenge their role as housewives. They will get beaten if they do. Prof. Matthieson is just another talker and this is just another useless idea.
'Immigration consultants...said the rebellion was already well on way' (Rebellion? What rebellion?)
'Immigrant women have little or no contact with Danish society' (A bit difficult if you think Danes are kaffirs.)

 
At August 24, 2005 9:23 PM, Blogger Jude the Obscure said...

And here is why it won't work.

(Note ref. to 'dialogue merchants' people living off the business unfolding from the 'intercultural industry' in politics, churches and universities...')

 
At August 25, 2005 4:19 AM, Blogger TheKaffir said...

Just a stupid question but how do you force people to join support groups? I say kick them off welfare and they will be forced to integrate into society.

 

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