Veiled woman on a heatwave awareness poster: the Red Cross responds

With the sharp rise in temperatures, the Red Cross has given some advice to adopt the right reflexes to protect yourself during the heat wave. Nevertheless, an awareness post posted on Twitter displaying a veiled woman has created controversy.

A start of controversy. While a heat wave has settled in France since this Wednesday, June 15, awareness tips to protect yourself from this sudden rise in temperatures are making the rounds on social networks.

On its poster posted on Twitter to encourage subscribers to adopt the right reflexes, the Red Cross depicted a veiled woman drinking water, another holding an umbrella to protect herself from the sun and a man, with a dull complexion. , lying sleeping.

“Together, let’s adopt the right reflexes to protect ourselves and our loved ones during the heat wave,” wrote the Red Cross.

On the blue bird social network, some Internet users have accused the organization of “non-neutrality”.

“The red cross which advertises the Islamic veil (…) The veil is a tool for the submission of women”, tweeted a user. “The Red Cross which participates in the sexist assignment and the ideological confinement of a category of women”, commented another subscriber.

The Red Cross deplores the violence of the comments

Contacted by CNEWS, the Red Cross assures that this awareness poster “comes from a series of publications made available as part of a global campaign by our International Federation, aimed at all countries and representing the diversity of populations. and the unconditionality of support for everyone and in particular for the most vulnerable”.

“The French Red Cross, through its founding principles of humanity, universality and impartiality, strives to protect all people who need it without distinction of nationality, sex, age, religion , social condition and political affiliation,” she said.

Regarding the comments of certain Internet users, the French Red Cross also deplored “the violence of the comments and calls for hatred” that this publication could trigger, ensuring that the organization does not “proselytize or engage in politics”.

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