World Hijab Day is an annual, international event that takes place on February 1st.
This year marks its eighth anniversary as it aims to end global discrimination against the Hijab.
This day was created by Dr Nazma Khan and is celebrated in 140 countries worldwide to encourage the positive conversation of Hijab.
Millions of Hijab-wearing women take time to open up and share their Hijab stories and journeys, to enlighten and educate others about what Hijab is and why they choose to wear it.
World Hijab Day provides the opportunity for non-scarf-wearing women and girls from across the globe, no matter what their faith to wear a scarf for one day, allowing them to feel what it’s like being in the shoes of a Hijabi.
A recent poll taken via Instagram and Facebook, with a participation of 830,000 people who follow World Hijab Day, highlighted that 71 per cent of Hijab wearing girls face discrimination, whether that be at work, whilst in education, or on the streets.
Hijab is a key part of Muslim women’s identity and it is a choice she makes and stands by no matter the situation.
Wearing a Hijab is a choice and for a scarf-wearing girl, it’s an empowering and bold statement, what you are seeing is their authenticity and their pride.
Globally Hijab is used as a symbol for oppression and the narrative surrounding it has been concocted by people who want to vilify Islam and its beliefs.
As more Hijab-wearing women take positions of power in Congress and Parliament such as Ilhan Omar in the USA and Apsana Begum in the UK, it is slowly becoming normalized but the stigma surrounding it continues to grow.
Hijabophobia is a rising issue that overrides the positivity and pride that Hijabi’s feel when they leave their homes with their scarves tied.
Due to COVID 19, most events to celebrate the day have been cancelled and instead, social media platforms will be used to create more awareness about Hijabophobia and the power that wearing a scarf gives so many people.
Join in and share your scarf journey and how your Hijab makes you feel.
If you want to take part in my campaign about what Hijab means to you, please send in a picture with your message to @HijabiCulture_ on Instagram.