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“World Hijab Day” urges all women to wear veils in solidarity with Islam and to demonstrate it is a free choice

 Above you can see the official poster of #WorldHijabDay’19! The hashtag for WHD’19 is #FreeInHijab.  As promoters call out: “It’s time for you to flood your social media with this hashtag & educate those who label hijab as a symbol of “oppression.” It’s time for all of us to voice our CHOICE of #hijab!” – International Hijab Day has now launched its campaign for 2019. The movement urges all women to wear veils and post pictures on social media in solidarity with Muslims.

Since 2013, the International Hijab Day is organised. This year’s campaign targets everyone who uses social media.

Through the hashtag #FreeInHijab, the movement wishes to show the world that:

No woman is oppressed or imprisoned in her veil, but that it is a choice of free will! – the founder Nazma Khan explains.

Khan therefore urges all women, regardless of religious affiliation, cultural background and ethnicity, to wear veils for 24 hours on 1 February 2019, to show solidarity with all Muslims.

According to the movement’s Facebook page, the day is also about introducing women to wearing a veil.

On Twitter they write that it is now time for “a flood in social media with the hashtag #FreeInHijab”. According to the post, the campaign will “educate” those who label hijab as a symbol of oppression. 

“We urge women to affirm that it is their own choice to wear a veil, to drive away all misconceptions,” Khan says.

At the same time, women in Iran for example fight for their right to remove the veil, which is a considerable part of Islam’s oppression of women.

So, as a counter-campaign, Muslim women who say no to wearing veils post videos of themselves without a veil.

However, women have already begun to photograph themselves in veils, and post the pictures on social media along with the hashtag.

On the Internet, Khan has been accused of spreading political Islam. It is, however, something that she denies. “There is no policy involved in our movement. It is only to inform that women with veils are treated poorly. It is only to enlighten,” she claims.

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