Celebrating the Beauty and Diversity of Muslim Women
The World Hijab Day is a day to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Muslim women and to encourage women to dress modestly in their everyday life. To promote this message, a number of non-Muslim women and Muslim women have organised events to show their support.
Non-Muslim women gathered with Muslim women to show solidarity
On World Hijab Day, a number of non-Muslim women donned hijabs at rallies, interfaith events, and at mosques across the country. While many aren't necessarily motivated to wear the veil, some are outraged by the Iranian regime's infringement on the right of women to dress according to their own choosing.
Women of all faiths are encouraged to wear the hijab during Ramadan, which is the Islamic holy month of fasting. However, in some countries, wearing the hijab is a compulsory requirement. Some Muslim women cover only their faces and hands, while others cover their entire bodies.
Non-Muslims wear the hijab to show support for Muslims and to show respect to the religion. However, the government has ruled that wearing the hijab is backward. In fact, it was banned in Iran in 1936.
The video of Vida Movahed, a British Muslim known as "The Girl of Enghelab Street," waving a white headscarf for an hour caught the public's attention. The video was viewed thousands of times on social media, triggering an outcry and a social media campaign.
In Malaysia, women in the country are barred from government offices for wearing indecent attire. A recent book, Unveiling Choice, by author Lee, asserts that women who don't wear the hijab may face harassment.
This isn't the first time non-Muslims have worn the hijab in solidarity with Muslims. Last year, hundreds of New Zealand women donned the scarf after mass shootings at mosques.
World Hijab Day is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of the hijab in the Muslim world. The organizer of the day, Murshidah Said, cited the hijab's significance.
Several countries have banned the wearing of the hijab, including Turkey and Iran. However, in Iran, women have burned their headscarves in protest.
Nazma Khan's World Hijab Day
World Hijab Day is a day of solidarity and support for Muslim women all over the world. It was initiated by Nazma Khan, a Bangladeshi-American woman, in 2013. She is also a social activist. Her main focus is to educate people about hijab.
Nazma's inspiration for this initiative came from the discrimination she experienced while growing up in New York. Many Muslim women were harassed verbally and physically. In response, she decided to create World Hijab Day in order to promote religious tolerance.
World Hijab Day is celebrated each year on February 1 in over 140 countries worldwide. It is an opportunity for both women and men to wear head-coverings to show solidarity with fellow Muslims.
This movement encourages women to stand up for themselves and their faith. It debunks common misconceptions about women wearing hijab. There are a number of celebrities and politicians who have endorsed the initiative.
Besides working for the World Hijab Day Organization, Khan has been a featured speaker at the 5th International Women and Justice Summit in Turkey. She has spoken to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
World Hijab Day is a nonprofit organization created by Khan, who wanted to combat the negative stigma that exists around hijab. She invited non-Hijabi women to experience wearing a hijab for a day. Afterwards, she encouraged the participants to become ambassadors of the movement in their own communities.
As the movement grows, Nazma has expanded her efforts and now helps to organize events across the globe. She has worked with American Airlines to help them promote World Hijab Day. The organization has 70 WHD Ambassadors from over 45 countries. They are all committed to supporting the cause.
Ginella Massa became the first hijabi woman to anchor a major late-night newscast in Canada
A little over two years ago, Ginella Massa made history when she became the first hijabi woman to anchor a major late night newscast in Canada on World Hijab Day. Her accomplishment prompted media coverage across the globe. She also received positive and negative reactions.
Massa's story was featured in Aljazeera and Vogue. In fact, her article was one of the most read pieces in the world, and the news was covered extensively.
Before becoming a news anchor, she worked as a video journalist for CTV News in Kitchener, Ont. She earned an honours degree from York University and a diploma in broadcast journalism.
When she was just a child, she wanted to become a news reporter. But she had no idea how difficult it was to break into the broadcasting industry. Luckily, she was given a leg up by her mother. She believed she could do it, even though she didn't have a lot of on-air experience.
Since 2010, she's been working towards her goal. That's why she teamed up with her friend Maleeha Sheikh to produce an online web-series. While the show didn't have a huge audience, it was a good test run for her skills.
Massa was awarded the Canadian Screen Award for her work as a broadcaster. She's been published in The Globe and Mail and Chatelaine. And she's written for CBC News.
Massa's story was a good example of the fact that news outlets are increasingly recognizing the value of diversity. Not only did she get the opportunity to anchor a primetime show, but she was also named an ambassador for CityNews.
Until her appearance on CityNews, Massa was the only hijabi woman to anchor a major Canadian newscast. As her appointment was a major win for diversity in North America, she figured she would share the news with her fans.
Nura Afia is first Muslim figure to star in a campaign for the beauty brand
With the upcoming World Hijab Day, the beauty brand CoverGirl announced their first Muslim ambassador, Nura Afia. She is a makeup artist, beauty blogger, and YouTube star who has more than 200,000 followers.
In addition to being CoverGirl's first Muslim ambassador, she is also the first hijab-wearing model. This is just the latest in a series of big name brands that have incorporated hijab-wearing models into their advertisements.
Last year, Mariah Idrissi donned a hijab in H&M's video campaign. The same company recently hired James Charles, a 17-year-old makeup artist, as its cover boy.
Among the other ambassadors are Sofia Vergara, Chloe Bailey, and Miranda Priestly. These women are part of the brand's #LashEquality campaign.
As the global Muslim population is projected to reach nearly 2 billion by 2030, the industry is realizing its potential. Young Muslim women are breaking down the glass ceilings. They are proud of their faith and not afraid to express themselves.
CoverGirl's recent campaign is a strong statement about inclusivity. It features models of different ages, races, religions, and sexual orientations.
Unlike hardline Islamist groups, Afia is not afraid to express her opinion. She is more consumer-friendly than the Muslim Brotherhood or CAIR's Nihad Awad.
When she was 18, she married childhood friend Asef Noorzai. Now, she works part time at a Sephora store and has her own makeup tutorial channel. Her videos routinely have tens of thousands of views.
As more brands continue to make diversity an important part of their advertising campaigns, Afia is becoming an increasingly popular online influencer. She has a YouTube channel that features tutorials for high-end products as well as drugstore items.
She also has a strong social media following with more than 200,000 fans on Instagram and 300,000 subscribers on YouTube. Whether she's posting a tutorial on her channel or interacting with her fans, she's showing her commitment to inclusivity.