Muslim women around the world celebrate World Hijab Day
Some countries continue to deny women the right to wear the hijab, a traditional Muslim headdress, whenever they want, and some women fear that they may be banned from wearing it at all, according to the organizers of a global event to raise people's awareness about the hijab. Thousands of women around the world, of all religions and backgrounds, celebrated the 10th annual World Hijab Day on Tuesday by posting selfies on social media with the hashtag #DressedNotOppressed.

This year, the organizers of the event are calling on teachers around the world to show unity and solidarity with Fatima Anwari, a Canadian Muslim teacher who was kicked out of her office at a school in Quebec in December for wearing a hijab. According to a law passed in 2019, civil servants holding "senior positions” in the province are prohibited from wearing visible religious symbols at work.

It is also worth noting that as part of the events dedicated to this day, a global virtual conference was held, where the speakers and other participants discussed problems related to «hijabophobia» and offered their views on the problem related to youth, workplace and everyday life.

For the first time, WHD (the organization celebrating International Hijab Day) this year collaborated with a number of international organizations and enterprises, including American Airlines and Meta, the maternal company of Facebook, in an attempt to step up its activities, raise public awareness and expand audience reach.

World Hijab Day, celebrated every year on February 1, and the non-profit organization behind it, were founded in 2013 by an American from Bangladesh, Nazma Khan, with the aim of educating people and raising awareness about why many Muslim women prefer to wear the hijab, and encouraging women to wear and experience it during the day. The annual event, which originated in New York and was originally organized on Facebook, has turned into a global event.

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