21:02 GMT31 October 2020
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    As the number of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa increases, European countries have begun organizing courses that teach the newcomers how to treat women, FranceTV Info reported.

    The main objective of these new courses is to teach European sexual norms and social codes to male migrants, who are often shocked to see women wearing revealing clothes, drinking alcohol or kissing in public.

    "Many refugees came from countries where gender equality doesn't exist and women are treated as the property of men," said psychologist Per Isdal, who works in one of the Norwegian organizations that has developed courses for refugees, as cited by FranceTV Info.

    "We should help these people to adapt to our culture," Isdal added.

    The courses are voluntary in Norway, however in Denmark they are taken more seriously, and there are talks of making "cultural awareness" classes mandatory for every refugee entering the country.

    Austrians thought it would be a good idea to publish pamphlets for refugees with descriptions of appropriate and inappropriate behavior. The pamphlets address several important topics, including human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rights of children.

    "This is the issue of equality. People need to know as soon as possible what is expected from them in our country to avoid misunderstandings," Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said, as quoted by FranceTV Info.

    Germany also believes that courses for refugees are a good idea. Currently, the government is experimenting with courses for refugee teenagers in the province of Bavaria.

    Moreover, the mayor of a small town in the province of Hessen came up with a list of rules which refugees should follow to better fit into the culture of the town.

    According to FranceTV Info, one of the recommendations concerned the rights of women: "Girls don't like it when they're asked for their phone number, and they don't want to marry anyone."    

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    courses, women's rights, refugees, equality, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Austria
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