Nazma Khan, a young Muslim woman out of the frustrations of being ridiculed for wearing a hijab, launched the first World Hijab Day on February 1st, 2013.
The goal was to foster religious tolerance and understanding by inviting all women to experience the hijab for just one day.
Growing up in NYC, Nazma had experienced much discrimination when she wore her hijab to school (especially after 9/11). By creating this day, she hoped to end this type of discrimination.
HOW TO SHOW SUPPORT TO MUSLIM WOMEN
- Wear a hijab to show solidarity
- Learn about other types of coverings, such as the niqab, burka, shayla, khimar, and chador or about the islamic faith.
- You can also read about famous Muslim women, such as:
✔ Elif Shafak – an award-winning novelist from Turkey.
✔ Mariah Idrissi – H&M’s first hijabi model.
✔ Hawa Abdi – Somalia’s first female gynecologist who runs a hospital and refugee camp with her daughters.
✔ Malala Yousafzai – the youngest recipient of the Noble Peace Prize.
✔ Ibtihaj Muhammed – the first Muslim hijab-wearing American Olympic athlete.
To help spread awareness for this day, take a selfie while wearing a hijab and share it on social media with #WorldHijabDay.
Or simply share this post to your wall.