Today is World Hijab Day!
ICNA Sisters Regina is celebrating World Hijab Day, an annual event, in which 140 countries participate worldwide!
World Hijab Day (WHD) was first marked in 2013, with a mission to fight discrimination against Muslim women who wear the headscarf, through awareness and education.
This celebration is in recognition of millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty. The purpose is to encourage women of all religions and backgrounds to wear and experience the hijab. This event will also serve as an opportunity for awareness about the struggles that Muslim women face each day in spite of their right to wear the hijab.
The overall mission of WHD is to create a more peaceful world where global citizens respect each other. Particularly, WHD focuses on fighting bigotry, discrimination and prejudice against Muslim women. This is most crucial in these times where hijab is being banned in some countries while in other countries, Muslim women are being targeted and harassed verbally and physically. A recent attack (January 21,2021) on a Winnipeg teen (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-hijab-islam-islamophobia-1.5881582) is one of the many examples of attacks or forms of oppression and discrimination that Muslim women wearing a headscarf have experienced around the world.
*Islamic Circle of North America - ICNA Sisters is a non-profit organization established in 1978. Now it has expanded in almost all cities of Canada & USA. In Regina, their members and volunteers help people of all backgrounds and they regularly donate to the Women's Shelter at YWCA, provide assistance to newcomers, refugees, low-income families & single mothers. They are also engaged in many outreach and civic engagement events with other organizations.