In the midst of turbulent situations with Muslim women facing discrimination and countries ratifying laws to ban hijab, the World Hijab Day organization has launched its 11th annual initiative to counter systemic anti-Muslim bigotry.
On December 2nd, we launched our 11th annual World Hijab Day (WHD) campaign.— World HijabDay (@WorldHijabDay) December 23, 2022
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In a press release issued earlier this month, the WHD called on women across the globe, regardless of their religious backgrounds, to wear hijab and show unity with Muslim women who experience discrimination, on Feb. 1.
WHD says that the community should stand in solidarity in its fight against systemic hijabophobia.
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“With your support, Muslim women and girls who choose to do so can wear their hijab without fear, intimidation, or hesitation,” said the organization in a statement quoted by Arab News.
The organizers of the global hijab-awareness event have invited women worldwide to mark the 2023 initiative in a new bid to dismantle hijabophobia. The WHD 2023 campaign tagline is “Progression, Not Oppression” and its official hashtag is #UnapologeticHijabi.
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.
Each year on February 1, people mark the World Hijab Day across over tens of countries.
The event, a brainchild of New York-based Nazma Khan, aims at fostering religious tolerance and understanding by inviting non-Hijabi Muslims and non-Muslims to experience hijab for one day.