Headscarf as an obstacle in NRW: Muslim women are not allowed to do an internship in a hospital


A young woman wanted to do a five-day internship at Marien Hospital in Herne (North Rhine-Westphalia) – but she was unable to do so because she did not take off her headscarf. The “WAZ” reported about it.

The 20-year-old was shocked to see that in 2020 she would be prevented from doing soto complete a mandatory internship in a German hospital. According to her, what happened to her is “scandalous”.

When she was greeted at Marien Hospital, she was told that she would not be allowed to start her internship if she did not take off her headscarf. Then she went home. “This is extremely morally and humanly reprehensible,” said the 20-year-old, who studies at the Bochum University of Health.

The managing director of the St. Elisabeth Group, to which the Marien Hospital in Herne belongs, has already commented on the incident. According to him, wearing headscarves is not allowed in the hospitals of the St. Elisabeth Group.

Hospital staff are expected to be impartial and devoted to contact with patients.

“Accordingly, we expect our employees to have a neutral appearance at the workplace, where the focus is on the treatment of patients,” said the managing director at WAZ’s request.

According to the report, the wearing of headscarves is also prohibited in other hospitals, even though employees of the Muslim faith are generally welcomed.

Headscarf debate

In Germany, the topic of “headscarf ban” is always up for debate. In November last year, an application committee at the CDU party conference in Leipzig spoke out in favor of banning the wearing of headscarves in primary schools and daycare centers.

“Wearing the headscarf makes the little children recognizable as outsiders, for example in the playground or in the school playground. We want to prevent this in any case, ”argued the proposal commission in its decision recommendation.

All measures to protect the girls from this – from the parents’ discussion to the ban on the headscarf – could be considered. The question is whether wearing a headscarf could be prohibited by law.

The Bundestag’s Scientific Service was already investigating this question in 2017 and found a headscarf ban to be constitutionally “probably not permitted” – with reference to the case law of the Federal Constitutional Court on teachers wearing headscarves.

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