A day in hijab
Women wear headscarves to promote tolerance on #WorldHijabDay.
- I admit that I felt a little silly walking around campus with my scarf wrapped around my head. But that's what social experiments are all about! And how many of the women in my parents' neighborhood (which has a large population of immigrant families from Muslim countries) feel the same sort of awkwardness walking around Salt Lake in their beautiful hijabs? Beyond that, are there some that even feel afraid of becoming the targets of anti-Muslim hostility or violence?
- Some women wrote about the discrimination they perceived from others based on their clothing, including one woman who put on a face veil - or niqab - for the day.
- Others who participated were more sceptical, or reported some frustration from the experience:
- Muslim women who regularly wear hijab also contributed to the conversation, explaining why they wear the traditional head covering.
- Others were more critical of the event, highlighting the problems they saw with it:
- The criticism also included tweets like the one below, in which @Arousa says those participating for just a day are missing the point by revealing their hair to non-family members:
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