Hijab Day normalizes Muslim women's oppression

While women in some Muslim-majority countries are forced by governments to wear hijabs and face torture or imprisonment if they violate that official ordinance, much of the Western world will be celebrating "World Hijab Day."  Founded by Nazma Khan, who claims  she was harassed for wearing a hijab in New York, the annual event began in 2013. The event takes place on February 1 every year, in many countries worldwide, in order "to encourage women of all religions and backgrounds to wear and experience the hijab." According to Asra Nomani, co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, the hijab is used by Islamists to enforce their ideology and an expression of an honor-shame social system at odds with U.S. notions of liberty.  Islamists like Linda Sarsour claim that the hijab is a means of women's empowerment. I interviewed six American women from the Middle East and North Africa...(Read Full Post)
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