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Muslim women demand non-restriction of hijab use globally

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The Coalition of Nigerian Muslim Women has called for the lifting of all restrictions and discrimination against the usage of the hijab and hijab users nationally and globally, creating awareness of its usage as well as campaigning against its prohibition, castigation and maltreatment of its wearers.

 The Coalition which is made of numerous women Muslim groups including FOMWAN, NAFSAT, Women in Da’awah, MESH, Ansarudeen, Al-Habbiya, JADAFIA amongst others made this clarion call at a world press conference to mark the Tenth World Hijab Day on Friday in Abuja.

 The Coalition decried that ‘despite decade long sensitisation through the World Hijab Day lnitiative and other platforms across the globe, the painstakingly clear provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended on Freedom of Religion, Conscience and Thought, and the numerous decided cases on this subject, Muslim women and girls continue to go through continuous harassment and discrimination in schools, work places, capturing/ visa application centre and other public places for the singular act of donning the hijab.’

 The Coalition cited several instances of anti-hijab sentiments globally including an interim injunction of the High Court of Karnataka, lndia restraining all Muslim students from wearing the hijab, the burning of the hijab in Kerala, lndia, and in lran by groups of women, a shooting spree at peaceful protesters on the use of hijab by hoodlums on February 3, 2022, in Nigeria, and the denial of hijab use by Muslim students at Baptist Girls Grammar School, Oshogbo amongst other cases of discrimination.

 “We implore you to champion this advocacy and spread this message and indeed you (the media) have a huge responsibility, a mighty calling and a great opportunity to spread this message and clarion call,” the Coalition of Nigerian Muslim Women’s communiqué added.

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