What sucks about that girl trying the hijab for a few hours, is that she got called a terrorist by a little girl.
Many muslim women who wear the hijab everyday have had their hijabs snatched off, thrown insults by grown men and women, attacked violently in public, approached with hostile remarks, denied jobs because of their hijab, men advancing at them telling them that they are “too pretty” to be covered up, places banning our rights and the practice of hijab and burqa, women being denied the right to participate in sports teams at school (and olympics) for wanting to wear their uniforms more modestly, being checked a little more thoroughly at airports because they look suspicious.
While I appreciate the intention the girl was trying to understand, it sucks that we need someone else to validate our experiences as muslim women when many people don’t listen to muslim women in the first place about our experiences, they blindly ignore or take it as “oh yeah thats what usually happens” and then when someone from outside does it, they run to her like “oh you poor thing, you’re so right.”
No thanks, if you want to make it safer for us, listen to us first.
(Source: faineemae, via green-street-politics)
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian judo competitor, one of the first two female athletes sent to the Olympics by the conservative kingdom, will withdraw if she is not allowed to wear her hijab or headscarf, during bouts, her father was quoted as saying.
Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani is due to compete in the +78 kg judo category on Friday. A Saudi official said earlier this month its female athletes would have to obey Islamic dress codes.
But last week, International Judo Federation (IJF) president Marius Vizer said Shaherkani would have to fight without a headscarf to comply with “the principle and spirit of judo”.
Sunday’s edition of Saudi Arabia’s al-Watan newspaper quoted the father, Ali Shaherkani, as saying over the telephone from Britain that his daughter “will not compete in the Judo Games on August 3 if the committee insists that she removes her hijab”.
He was quoted as telling al-Watan he had not heard back from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the matter.
The IJF, whose regulations for the Olympic Games state no headgear can be worn, was in regular discussions with Olympic and Saudi officials to find a solution, IJF spokesman Nicolas Messner said.
He said the hijab was banned for safety reasons, as judo fighters can try to strangle each other using their judogi or kit. While using a hijab to do this would be illegal it could happen by mistake during a move.
“It can be dangerous,” Messner said. “It could happen during a move, something wrong could happen.”
Constructive talks had taken place between the federation and the athlete, as well as the IOC and other organizers to see if a solution could be found, a spokesman for the IOC told reporters on Sunday.
“I read that somewhere that there was a threat to withdraw - as far as I know that is not true at all,” he added.
“And we are still very confident of a positive outcome. And at this stage to be honest the best thing to do is to allow them to work that out, and try to get the athlete to compete. And we remain very positive on that.”
Female participation in sports has long been a controversial issue in Saudi Arabia, where conservative Muslim clerics have said it is immodest and goes against women’s nature.
Until this year, Saudi Arabia was one of three countries, alongside Brunei and Qatar, never to have sent female athletes to the Olympics. Human rights groups urged the IOC to ban the countries from the Games unless they agreed to send women.
Saudi Arabia reached an agreement on the participation of Shaherkhani and Sarah Attar, an 800-m runner, just two weeks ago after talks with the IOC.
(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; additional reporting by Avril Ormsby in London; Editing by Michael Roddy and Ralph Boulton)
(Source: basednkrumah, via wretchedoftheearth)
Ladies and gentlemen, the British.
“Rooster comb symbolizes myself and provocation. It displays my messages, I’m tired of people’s prejudices about how a Muslim girl should be.” - Tesnim Sayar
"Are there men who demand that their women wear a hijab? I am sure there are; just as there are men that demand their wife or girlfriend parade at their side in high heels and a sexy dress. The power play between genders is not exclusive to one religion or culture; it happens on an individual level"
Inge Rombaut in an IPS News interview about the Muslim headscarf (via withlove-lacertae)
or to be as modest as possible.