On May 30, the Gonzalo Casas Pessino Cultural Diffusion Center hosted the conference “The Islamic veil and the fundamental rights of women”, Organized by the Canis Majoris Foundation and coordinated by the Professor of the University of Alcalá, Miguel Rodríguez Blanco. The aim of the conference was to expose the social and legal problems posed by the use of religious symbols in public spaces, specifically by Muslim women.
The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Raúl Alelú-Paz, CEO of the Canis Majoris Foundation and Director of the Elena Pessino Gómez del Campo Neuroscience Laboratory. The first presentation of the day was given by Agustín Motilla de la Calle, Professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid under the title of “European policies, prohibition of the burqa”, where it became clear that the right to religious freedom and , in particular, to carry certain religious symbols is different depending on which country of the European Union one is in and there is no legal regulation, nor consensus on the matter.
Next, Juan Ferreiro Galguera, Professor of Ecclesiastical Law of State at the University of A Coruña, exposed the problem that exists regarding the right to carry religious symbols as a manifestation of religious freedom, laying the question regarding as to what extent, a municipality can or has powers to restrict a fundamental right, as is that of religious freedom.
The third presentation of the morning dealt with the use of the Islamic veil in the educational field, by Isabel Cano Ruiz, Doctor in Law and Professor at the University of Alcalá.
To close the morning session of the conference, the coordinator, Miguel Rodríguez Blanco, Professor at the University of Alcalá, spoke about the problem of using the Islamic veil in the workplace. In the afternoon, Iván C. Iván, Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, introduced Professor Emeritus of the University of Trier, Gerhard Robbers, who spoke to us about religious symbols in public spaces.
Gonzalo Casas Pessino, President of the Canis Majoris Foundation, closed the day by thanking all the participants for their dedication and involvement and highlighting the importance of this type of training, which leads to debate and reflection and invites us to continue working to find the answer to the issues that still need to be resolved.
The Canis Majoris Foundation is very involved in these types of issues which refer to social, educational and legal aspects, of which, as has become relevant, there is still a long way to go , but we hope that with formations of this type the answer start to become closer than we think.