Thursday, April 14, 2011

Muslim Women Cannot Catch a Break

I thought these two articles were are interesting juxtaposed next to each other:

Both stories describe different women, one wears provocative dresses -- she gets abuse from racists and non-acceptance from her Muslim community. The other one wears a very conservative dress -- the niqab (or face veil) she also gets abuse from racists and non-acceptance from her Muslim community.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Discrimination Against a Hijabi in Montreal

The stark actions against the Hijab in France and in Quebec have me wondering -- is there something special about the French? They seem to have a special dislike for the Hijab.

The saddest about this story is the non-reaction by the victim.

Waiting at the 165 bus stop on Côte des Neiges Rd. at Côte Ste. Catherine Rd. was a young family, the mother holding the handlebar of a large baby carriage, her husband standing close by, ready to lift the carriage into the bus.
Another woman and I stood behind them, apart from a lineup that was about seven or eight people deep, but still obviously waiting to board.
The last person in the lineup, a young woman, stopped and waved the couple with the baby forward, telling them to go ahead. The husband started toward the bus entrance, holding the carriage. The bus driver, staring at him, closed the door and steered the bus away from the sidewalk, off up the road. There were five of us left at the bus stop.

SOURCE: Montreal Gazette

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

6TH Grader Assaulted For Wearing a Scarf

I have little girls...who don't wear the hijab yet (oldest is 9). But this is one reason I don't plan to send them to public school:

The boy was taken from the school by officers from the North Shore’s 120th Precinct and charged with "harassing the girl, beating her, throwing her to the ground, asking if she is Muslim and trying to pull off her scarf," the law enforcement source said. 
The third-degree assault charge is an A-misdemeanor but the hate crime aspect bumps it up to an E-felony, the source said.

I do think it would be really a bad idea to ruin a kids life by making this a felony. Kids are stupid. They do this stuff in school. The misdemeanor seems like punishment enough.

SOURCE: State Island Advance

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hijab and The Arab Revolutions

Pleased to see that we weren't the only ones who noticed:
When the media images of women from Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen began rolling in, I was thrilled. Here were women who were neither submissive nor silent, and their clothing appeared to pose no barriers to their participation in the demonstrations. There were pictures of young girls with hijabs tucked around animated faces, arms raised high and fingers split in the universal signs for victory and peace. There were images of women in black burkhas kissing soldiers and women in niqab bowing down in prayer shoulder-to-shoulder with men, in front of tanks and barricades. Also present were women in skinny jeans and uncovered heads, screaming revolutionary slogans in Arabic and English. In fact, some of the key leaders in the protests were women wearing burkhas and hijabs. In Yemen, Tawakul Abdel-Salam Karman, a fiery female activist managed to lead the protests while wearing a hijab and black burkha. Asmaa Mahfouz, who is credited with a significant role in igniting and then leading the revolution in Egypt, wore a hijab.