Hijab is one garment that is in the news for some reason or another. Somehow it has been linked to oppression, freedom and religion despite being just a piece of garment. However no matter what, it is time to accept that Hijab is now being acknowledged in the West as well and these five incidents show just that:
1. Canada Police Allow Women Officers To Wear Hijab
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has allowed its Muslim female officers to wear hijabs as part of their uniforms.
Public Safety Minister’s spokesperson Scott Bardsley told AFP, “This is intended to better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option,”
The RCMP becomes the third police force in Canada to add the hijab option after Toronto and Edmonton. Police in Britain, Sweden and Norway, as well as some US states, have adopted similar policies.
2. American Muslim Athlete Competes In Olympics Wearing Hijab
Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American woman who competed at an international Olympic event wearing a hijab. She is a member of the United States fencing team. In 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first female Muslim-American athlete to earn a medal at the Olympics.
3. Fashion Designer Takes New York Fashion Week By Storm With Her Collection Featuring Hijab
Anniesa Hasibuan is an Indonesian Fashion designer who made history by bringing hijab to the fashion runways of New York for the first time. In a collection inspired by her hometown, Jakarta, hijabs were worn with trousers, suits, kimonos, tunics, and gowns all in colorful silks and pattern. More so, she received a standing ovation at the fashion week for her collection. Not bad for a designer who tried to be innovative and broke a barrier.
4. Norway Fined A HairDresser For Deliberately Kicking Out A Woman Wearing Hijab
Merete Hodne, a hair dresser in Norway was sentenced to six months in prison for religious discrimination for turning Malika Bayan away from her hair salon in Bryne, a small town in southwestern Norway, in October last year.
It imposed a fine of 10,000 kroner (1,075 euros/$1,200) and also ordered her to pay 5,000 kroner in court costs.
And The Best Of All!
5. Playboy Features a Woman With Hijab On Its Cover
One says Playboy magazine and instantly an image of a magazine with a nude model on the cover comes to mind. Not anymore as for the first time in its history Playboy has featured a fully clothed woman on its cover and that too in a hijab!. American journalist Noor Tagouri is featured in the magazine’s October “Renegades” edition, a series that focuses on men and women “who risked it all — even their lives — to do what they love.”