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Sisters in America: World Hijab Day Photo Shoot Supports Marginalized American-Muslim Women

By: Shireen Hakim, MS, MPH, RDN, Writer in a Headscarf Touched by a stranger’s sincere and eager public Facebook post, on Wednesday February 1st I visited her house to help her and her non-Muslim friends style themselves in hijabs, in honor of World Hijab Day. Kim Mulligan’s World Hijab Day photo shoot was a beautiful, unique initiative by non-Muslim women …

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I was as ignorant as the news media had programed us to be

By Sallie Jones (Non-Muslim, USA) About 4 years ago, I met the kindest and warmhearted woman and her Muslim family so that was my introduction into what World Hijab Day (WHD) is.  Ever since then, I have felt strongly about supporting and honoring her and her fellow sisters for their freedom of choice.  Ever since, I have been educating myself …

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Thank you for letting me walk with you for a day

By Christine Smith (Christian-Canada) This was my second WHD but my first wearing a hijab to work. I was worried that upon entering a building filled with hundreds of people who know me without a covering, that I would be judged or stared at, or maybe questioned about my motives. I wasn’t sure. What struck me was the normality of it …

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Today is the day of our queens, princesses and sultanas

By Sedina Pašalić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Today, women and men went out on the streets in several cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There were two reasons for this occasion. The first one was to celebrate the World Hijab Day and to show support for all Muslim women. As one man wrote: “Today is the day of our queens, princesses and …

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To each their own

By Alyson Core (Christian-USA) My husband, Andrew, and I ended up heading to Meijer after he got home from work to pick up a few things, and the trip solidified why I love living in Columbus. My daughter, Andariel’s fascination with my shiny scarf, and my husband’s support made me super confident leaving the house. Upon arriving, I received some …

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I got a better understanding behind the tradition of the hijab

By Mary (Christian-USA) Memphis Central High School gathered together to raise awareness for our hijab wearing sisters today! Our school’s international club came up with the idea to make this day a school wide event. As soon as I walked into the school I saw a huge group of ladies all getting help with their scarves. Seeing so many people …

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No woman should be subjected to persecution

By  Ivy Yapelli (USA) This is my second year participating in World Hijab Day. I gladly accept the invitation to wear a hijab to stand in solidarity with Hijabi Muslim women and to raise awareness about what it means and why so many women choose to wear it. I support World Hijab Day because I believe in a woman’s right …

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