As COVID-19 pandemic forces lockdown in different countries, women of all faiths, colors, and communities across the world are set to go virtual on Monday, February 1, to celebrate the 9th edition of #WorldHijabDay and show support for Muslim women.
The conference will be held on Facebook & YouTube LIVE @WorldHijabDay starting 8 am-9:15 pm EST.
“We are thrilled to announce our World Hijab Day 2021 virtual conference on Monday, February 1st, 2021,” organizers wrote in a statement.
“We have an incredible group of women from diverse backgrounds from different parts of the world as our panelists and moderators.”
Speakers in this year’s online event include, Batouly Camara, a 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 Honoree, Haniya Aadam, Project Support for Mend, Project Lead for Revert Voices, PR for Green Lane Masjid UK, and Dr. Rand Diab, an American Muslim ophthalmologist of Syrian origin living in the Chicago area.
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.
Coming each year on February 1, the World Hijab Day is marked across over 140 countries.
The 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.
End Hijab Phobia
Stigma surrounding Islamic headscarf or hijab has always been the worst challenge facing Muslim women.
In its ninth version, the event comes under the motto, “Don’t Let Our Pride Be Your prejudice #EndHijabophobia”.
“This theme is relevant in these times where Hijab is being banned in some countries while in other countries, Muslim women are being targeted and harassed verbally and physically. Our mission is to bridge the gap by creating hijab awareness, education, and understanding,” World Hijab Day wrote on Facebook.
Enthusiastic about the upcoming event, many women have already shared their photos wearing hijab and supporting Muslim women.
“I want to #EndHijabophobia because it’s my right, my decision and my choice to observe the teachings of my religion and all women should be free to express themselves as they wish,” IG/@eternal_hijabs_ & @hayleyrosenightingale.