Today is being celebrated as international hijab day as on 4th September 2002 France banned hijab first time in Europe.
The Assembly for the Protection of Hijab has declared the 4th of
September as a worldwide International Hijab Solidarity Day. Muslim
women continue to suffer in countries such as France, Germany, Tunisia
and Turkey, to name but a few, where the Hijab has been banned thus
ostracising those who wear it from the very societies in which they
Following the remarkable success of the 17th January 04 “International
day to support the Hijab” in which event took place in more than 35
countries around the world, the 4th of September will be another show of
solidarity for religious freedom supporters.
The 4th of September also marks the return to school of girls in France,
where the ban in academic institutions will commence. Such a ban will
serve to create outcasts of every Hijab wearing Muslim girl causing
untold psychological damage. The show of solidarity on 4th September is
expected to provide these girls with the support and strength in order
to fight for their rights.
The issue of the Hijab ban is a live one and with the continual
escalation of the ban, Protect-Hijab thinks it is imperative to keep it
at the forefront. Organisations, individuals and all those supporting
the right of Muslim Woman to wear the Hijab will use September 4th to
show solidarity with all Muslim women who are being denied education,
freedom of expression and basic human rights and civil liberties.
While in France, young girls are being stopped from entering school
premises wearing the Hijab; in Turkey Muslim women are being denied
medical treatment and excluded from parliament for wearing the Hijab;
and in Tunisia Muslim women are taken to prison and tortured if they
wear Hijab. These are some examples of the persecution suffered by women
simply because they follow a religious teaching as an expression of
Protect-Hijab calls people of all faiths and no faith to show solidarity
on the 4th September events everywhere in the world. The Protect-Hijab
campaigns will continue as long as there are bans against the Hijab in