An ad for the “Women against Islamization” campaign in Belgium orchestrated by Flemish nationalist politician Filip Dewinter. The ad features Dewinter’s 19-year-old daughter wearing an Islamic burqa thrown back to reveal her bikini clad body. The messages read: “Islam or freedom?” and “You choose.”
A Flemish nationalist politician in Belgium has launched a new campaign that taps into anxiety about the country’s immigrant Muslim population, while capitalizing on the svelte figure of his 19-year-old daughter.
Filip Dewinter, a leader of the Vlaams Belang — or “Flemish Interest” party of Belgium — is publishing political ads featuring his daughter An-Sofie Dewinter donning a “niqab”— a conservative Islamic covering for women with the cloak thrown back over her shoulders to reveal her bikini-clad body. Across her chest is the message: “Freedom or Islam?” and across her hips, another that reads: “You choose.”
The campaign billed as “Women against Islamization” sends a provocative message, in keeping with the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam platform of his Vlaams Belang party. The Vlaams Belang is a reincarnation of a previous political party that was forced by a Belgian court to dissolve because of its racist messages. It advocates strict limits on immigration, and argues that new arrivals should adopt Flemish culture and language.