The outrage is that Hijab Solidarity Day will be taking place under the auspices of the City of Ottawa, the capital of Canada. It is not the role of a democratic government to celebrate religious symbols or to help religions proselytize.
Ottawa Hijab Day – Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Here is the invitation:
“Better Awareness, Greater Understanding, Peaceful World whennon-Muslim women will wear a hijab for all or part of the day to be
in solidarity with Muslim women. We walk with our sisters.”
Please do this instead: Do NOT wear a headscarf in “solidarity” with the ideologythat most silences us, equating our bodies with“honor.” Stand with us instead with moral courage against the ideology of Islamism that demands we cover our hair.
~ Asra Q. Nomani & Hala Arafa ~
- The outrage is that Hijab Solidarity Day will be taking place under the auspices of the City of Ottawa, the capital of Canada. It is not the role of a democratic government to celebrate religious symbols or to help religions proselytize.
- The government’s acceptance of an Ottawa Hijab Solidarity Day amounts to accepting a radical legal system that is completely contrary to Canada’s democratic values, and crosses the line that separates Church and State. Endorsing the hijab is endorsing the first step of an extremist ideology that leads to and condones honor killings, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the oppression of women.
- In 2007, Aqsa Parvez, a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim living in Toronto, was strangled to death by her father. Her crime was that, as a free woman in Canada, she chose not to wear a hijab. In another case in Canada, in 2012, four Muslim women were murdered by their own family for refusing to wear a hijab and preferring Western clothing.
The Ottawa Women’s Action Forum has advertised ‘Wear the Hijab’ Day promising its membership that reaching out to Muslim women by wearing a hijab in solidarity is one way to end cultural misunderstanding and conflict. While it is stressed that no woman should ever be harassed or attacked for wearing the hijab, it is a grave error to celebrate such a garment.
The hijab is a symbol both of Muslim women’s sexual subordination within Islam – the last thing that any modern western woman should support – and of the cultural superiority of Islam in contrast to decadent and corrupt western societies.
Pious platitudes about tolerance and mutual understanding should not prevent us from understanding why women choose or are forced to wear the hijab, sometimes with deadly consequences.
The hijab is not an innocent piece of cloth and should never be celebrated by freedom-loving peoples.
So, wear a Hijab Day? Why not a day for the girls who didn’t want to cover up and were honor killed for it? Why not a day for Muslim girls who were killed by their fathers and/or brothers for refusing to wear the hijab? For the millions of women and girls forced to wear the cover-up, such a tribute is ghastly.
How about an Aqsa Parvez day who was honour murdered in Toronto; strangled to death by her father and brother because she didn’t want to wear the hijab.
In another case in Canada, in 2012, Afghan-born Mohammad Shafia, his wife and their son were found guilty for the honor killing of the Shafia’s three daughters – Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13 — as well as Mohammad’s second wife, Rona Mohammad Amir, 50. All four women were murdered by their own family for refusing to wear a hijab and preferring Western clothing.
How about a Zainab, Sahar, Geeti and Rona Shafia day?
Ban face covering in all public institutions. Veiling is slavery!
Veiling is gender apartheid, quite simply, and entering the word “religion” or “belief” into the discussion does not soften the harshness of the practice. The same cultures that approve of veiling often either approve of or turn a blond eye to female genital mutilation and polygamy.
Is there a competing interest in these practices too?
No free citizen should find an “interest” in any of these practices that can actually compete with our cultural value of treating women with equality, respect and dignity. Some cultural customs are morally superior to others. The strength of our social and civic fabric depends on our recognizing and acting on this truth.
As witnessed by the testimony of elderly Muslims, the hijab, niqab and burqa were introduced by terrorist organizations. Wherever you find the hijab, you find the support of terrorism.
The fully covered garbage sack (burqa) or “beekeeper’s costume” has nothing to do with culture or religion but is a rape shield which entitles Muslim men to beat, rape or kill women should they not comply to their orders. It also allows male Muslims to hide under them to avoid detection whilst committing terrorist acts.
The hijab , niqab and burqa are weaponized articles of clothing designed to make an influential or intimidating political statement.
The myth of how the hijab protects women against sexual assault
The myth that there’s a correlation between the hijab and a low incidence of sexual harassment and violence against women actually systematically victimizes them.
Men are doing women a disservice in that they are placing blame on women who don’t cover themselves, as well as insinuating that a woman who is attacked while wearing a headscarf somehow did something to deserve it. As with all victim-blaming, this prevents women from speaking up about sexual assault.