While the “headscarf problem” is being solved in practice at universities, which will now allow them in classes, no such “opening” has occurred in politics where separate dual receptions have been the norm, one inviting politicians and uncovered wives, and one to which politicians could bring their covered wives, including the wives of the president and prime minister. Sniffing a change in the air, President Gül hosted only one party this year. With predictable consequences.
The annual Oct. 29 reception hosted by President Abdullah Gül to commemorate the establishment of the Republic of Turkey is again causing controversy this year over the ongoing headscarf issue.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, has announced it will not attend the event due to the controversial issue.
In previous years, the president has hosted two separate receptions, so as not to bring together military guests and female guests wearing headscarves. Since First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül wears a headscarf, the two receptions served as a solution for secular guests who refused to attend the same events as her.
By merging the two receptions into one evening event this year, Gül sparked a reaction from the CHP. (click here for the rest of the article)
I can see the line drawn: yes in universities, but not in the civil service or official political events. This refers back to the question I asked in a previous post. After they get their university degrees, what will covered women be able to do with it?