Opposing “World Hijab Day”
isn’t as simple as telling Muslim women to “take it off”
#LSN_Opinion The Rebel
TORONTO, ONTARIO - February 3, 2019 (LSN) On Friday’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Yasmine Mohammed, author of Confessions of an Ex-Muslim, joined me to talk about what World Hijab Day is really about, and why opposing the protest that tells women to put on a hijab, isn’t as simple as telling women to instead, take it off.
Watch as Yasmine explains why sometimes, even this isn’t enough to free women from this oppressive clothing.
NEXT: To talk more about what World Hijab Day is really about, I'm joined by Yasmine Mohammed, author of Confessions of an Ex-Muslim.
So do most Canadians, and most people in the world, and many Muslim countries, by the way, that have banned full face-covering burqas and niqabs.
According to this massive Angus Reid survey, 77 per cent of Canadians want the burka banned, at least amongst the public service. The same Angus Reid poll shows 75 per cent of Canadians wants that banned too.
Statistics bear out the fact that a majority of Muslim women who wear the veil feel a compulsion to do so either due to physical threats, or fear of being shunned by the community.
Some argue that a law banning burqas could empower many of these women against the bullies who would compel them to wear a covering.
Barbara Kay of the National Post says it best
In recent years, Iranian women like Narges Hosseini and Vida Movahed have risked the lash, imprisonment and even death by publicly removing their hijabs in defiance of the oppression it symbolizes in Iran. On World Hijab Day, it will be those women, as well as Aqsa Parvez’s memory and Rahaf Mohammed’s empowerment I will choose to honour by a Twitter shoutout featuring the hashtag #FreeFromHijab.
To read her full commentary