The women who are compelled to don the same suffocating attire in all weather, day and night, certainlydon’t feel as enthusiastic! However, in many situations, they simply have no choice.
For instance on some campuses in Northern Nigeria, it is understood that the hijab provides a ready IDthat can save the female moslem in case of some supposedly spontaneous Islam-engineered massacres.In other places such as Gaza in the Middle-East, women are compelled to put on the hijab, whereafterthey are deployed as disposable pawns in the ongoing political intrigues in the region.
The most recent case in Nigeria is the indefinite closure of the International School, University of Ibadan, Ibadan (see here). Here, we have a private school funded strictly by the Parents, having a Moslemlawyer as the chairperson of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), and another distinguished Moslemas the Chairman of its governing Board; yet some Islamists claim Moslems are being denied theirfundamental human rights to attend school in hijab! Thank God for a clear statement from the PTAdenouncing such moves. Similarly, Lagos state has suddenly decided (mid-November 2018) that whilewaiting for the case pending in the courts to be resolved, the status-quo to maintain is that studentsshould be free to wear the hijab to school!
Whereas the mainstream media are quick to advocate for the so-called hijab-denied women, they turnblind eyes to the several other cases where women simply want to be left to choose whether to put on the hijab or not. Tunisian Moslem women are an example of people who successfully resisted themale chauvinists.The Iranians were not so successful. Shown in the picture was the gathering of more than 100,000Iranian women from all works of life, on 8th March 1979. They were protesting the then new Islamic government’s ruling that women must put on a headscarf whenever they are away from home.The hijab has since become standard feature in Iran; and recently, an Indian athlete preferred to withdraw from a competition in Iran rather than put on a hijab. This remains the true response ofMoslem women wherever they have the freedom to truly express themselves