Liberian Muslim Women Network holds World Hijab Day Awareness
By Emmanuel wise Jipoh
The Liberia Muslim Women Network (LNW- NET) will this Wednesday, 1 February 2023 embark on a peaceful march through the principal streets of Monrovia in celebration of World Hijab Awareness Day.
Participants will be marching from Benson Street Central Mosque to the Monrovia City Hall where an indoor program will take place.
The program will be held under the theme: “Unapologetic Hijabi.”
According to Fatima Zahra Abounacar Maiga, Chairperson of the Liberia World Hijab Day Awareness Program, the celebration is aimed at creating awareness for the use of the Hijab by female Muslims in the country.
She said it is intended to address the struggles of discrimination among the public concerning the wearing of the hijab.
Makoma F. Donzo, President of LMW- NET, said Hijab is the pride of female Muslims, and that its use must be practiced.
Madam Donzo told the NewDawn on Monday, 30 January 2023 ahead of the World Hijab Day Awareness Celebration that the Hijab is not just a piece of cloth to be worn.
She said it is rather a religious costume that symbolizes modesty and chastity in society.
Every year on February 1, Muslim Women around the world celebrate World Hijab Day to galvanize support for hijab wearers.
The day is used to campaign against its prohibition and speak against the maltreatment of its wearers across the world, and Liberia is no exception to the celebration.
Speaking further, Madam Donzo said because of the erroneous perception about the use of the Hijab by female Muslims, they must educate their female children and other non-Muslims on the use of the Hijab and its importance.
The celebration of the day was initiated a decade ago by Nazha Matan, a Bangladeshi American who was discriminated against in her school in the United States of America for wearing a Hijab.