Hijab for a day: Non-Muslim women who try the headscarf
For many people, the hijab is a symbol of oppression and divisiveness. It’s a visible target that often bears the brunt of a larger debate about Islam in the West.
World Hijab Day is designed to counteract these controversies. It encourages non-Muslim women (or even Muslim women who do not ordinarily wear one) to don the hijab and experience what it’s like to do so, as part of a bid to foster better understanding.
This day, then, is about showing the world that women can choose the hijab willingly.
Maryam Namazie, a vocal ex-Muslim and campaigner, speaks out against World Hijab Day and “sex apartheid” in Iran.”
“I figured the only way to end discrimination if we ask our fellow sisters to experience hijab themselves” – Nazma Khan, World Hijab day founder