In case you missed it, February 1st was the first ever “World Hijab Day,” designed to promote the requirement for women to wear a veil or headscarf called “Hijab.” The Hijab must cover a woman’s head and chest, beginning at the age of puberty, and must be worn in the presence of men outside of the woman’s immediate family.
The World Hijab day campaign claims the holiday was created “in recognition of millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty.”
The movement that promotes a requirement resulting in “acid attacks,” beatings, imprisonment, and death, is being promoted with “smiles and happiness”:
Here are examples of its propaganda:
The irony is that more than half of Muslim women worldwide are illiterate and would not be able to read this sign:
In most Islamic countries Hijab patrols exist to punish women who do not wear their covering correctly. There is no such thing as being confident or empowered by wearing the hijab when punishment for not wearing it or wearing it incorrectly is brutality: acid attacks, beatings, prison or death.
In Iran, for example, women are publicly monitored according to strict hijab dress code. Basij militia police regularly patrol and legally target women in public, harassing, fining, beating, and arresting them—because they do not like how they are dressed.
Currently, extra-judicial enforcement of the hijab includes what human rights activists call “Vigilante Violence,” or acid attacks. Numerous incidents have been reported of unidentified men “flinging acid into the faces of women with whom they had no history of personal grudges.” Assailants claim they were defending hijab.
Not to mention the promotion of child marriages, which was praised in Canada, pointing out a 68-year-old Nigerian man’s marriage to a 14-year old girl on #WorldHijabDay:
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) January 31, 2016
Yet still, women falsely promote a dress code that is nothing more than one aspect of global human rights violations being perpetrated against women:
Sadly, this campaign represents deceit at its highest level. There is nothing “cool,” “fun,” “liberating,” or “being proud” or “modest” about Hijab.
Rather, women should be defended from and defending others from these practices.
This article was first published on February 5, 2016.