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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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The atheist and the hijab

By Stephanie Elizabeth Kelly (Queensland, Australia) I think the World Hijab Day page is amazing.  It is inspiring to see so many powerful women unashamed and unapologetic for their beliefs. I personally do not identify with any religion but I believe strongly that everyone should be able to express their beliefs without having to fear persecution. My best friend in …

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The WHD Movement – Building Bridges

By Lorelei Ferre (LDS (Mormon)-USA) My first World Hijab Day experience was in 2014, so I was really looking forward to wearing a headscarf on February 1, 2015. There was just one problem: that was a Sunday and I am a devout Mormon (Christian). I didn’t feel it was wrong to wear hijab to church for a day, but I was …

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My war against prejudice

By Veruska Mesquita (Brazil)  I have converted to Islam only recently . The first thing I decided was to observe my veil. I have faced a lot of discrimination because of it. I have lost my job and heard many bad things. I have been called out disparaging names  like “bomb woman” and a “terrorist.” I have always replied with a …

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Jewish: Hijab gave me voice

By Talya Leodari (Jewish-USA) I participated in World Hijab Day and it was a good experience that I will repeat. I live in a very small, very Christian town.  There were some strange looks and people were staring at me – and then looking away quickly when they realized I saw them looking. A few people seemed surprised that I spoke …

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Teacher becomes student

By Cyndy  (Catholic-USA) Teaching world history allows me to encourage students to look at past and current events through diverse perspectives. In doing so, my hope is that one day students will use their voices to raise awareness through understanding, compassion, and empathy for people around the world. It is the power of knowledge that will overcome the misconceptions that …

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Empowerment and Equality Through a Piece of Cloth

By  Priyanka Mogul (Non-Muslim, UK) When I put on the hijab and covered up, I wasn’t spending my day worrying about what I looked like. It gives you a sense of confidence that you can only gain through learning to appreciate yourself for more than just your physical appearance. It makes you feel secure in a way that is very …

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People looked me in the eyes rather than my body

By Nancy (Jewish-Nebraska, USA) Thanks to my dear friend Faouziya, I learned about and participated in my first World Hijab Day. It was a wonderful and eye opening experience! I received a few stares at the grocery store, however the majority of people I encountered were kind and acted normally towards me. The biggest difference I experienced was that when I …

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A token of acceptance

By Barbara Poley (Australia) We had a wonderful event in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia introducing many skeptical women to the joy of wearing hijab. After the event we received the following message from one of the participants: Dear friends, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for inviting us to learn more about you at your World Hijab Day …

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