1st of February is 'World Hijab Day' and also 'No Hijab Day'. In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, there was a pro-hijab manifestation. Quite embarrassing for the women behind the 'No Hijab'-movement - people, who stand in solidarity with the women who can be harassed and abused and imprisoned and even killed for not wearing it or choosing to take it off. Please watch the short video bellow on the issue
At Rotterdam Blaak Station in The Netherlands people could experience what it is like to wear the islamic headscarf. “We want to remove the prejudices about the headscarf”, said Sobia Laghari, one of the activists, on Radio Rijnmond.
In the tent women could experience what it’s like to wear a headscarf. “We think that a headscarf gives us freedom”, Sobia said. “We do not have to comply with an ideal picture of what a woman should look like.”
Oppressive, that’s exactly how women on the other side of the spectrum think about the hijab. The No Hijab Movement started as a counter-protest to World Hijab Day, which is supported by 180 countries.
Yasmine Mohammed (on of the people talking on the video bellow) tells that wearing a hijab was never a choice for her growing up. That her life was threatened by her own family, when she wanted to take it off.
She wants to stand in solidarity with the women who can be harassed and abused and imprisoned and even killed for not wearing it. Because that’s what we should talk about.
On social media the hashtag #FreeFromHijab was used for pictures from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Canada, Sweden, France – all over the world. Some women are in hijab, some are posting before and after pictures of hijab that they used to wear and the fact that they are now free from hijab.
The following video gives a great opportunity for you to better understand what women who feel ‘No hijab Day’ is important have in their minds. And what sad, yet typical experiences led them this far. Please watch it’s only 11 minutes.