Hijab Day at Paris’ elite Sciences Po? Why not a day for the girls who didn’t want to cover up and were honor killed for it? Why not a day for Muslim girls who were killed by their fathers and/or brothers for refusing to wear the hijab?
For the millions of women and girls forced to wear the cover-up, such a tribute is ghastly.
How about an Amina and Sarah Said day in Texas (where they lived)? Honor murdered; shot to death by their devout Muslim father for refusing his arranged marriage and going out with non-Muslim boys.
An Aqsa Parvez day? Honor murdered; Strangled to death by her father and brother because she didn’t want to wear the hijab.
A Jessica Mokdad day? Murdered execution style for “dishonor” in Michigan.
A Noor Almaleki day? Run over multiple times by her father for “being too American.”
An Aasiya Z. Hassan day? Beheaded by her “moderate” husband in Buffalo, NY.
Where is their day?
Jessica Mokdad (left)
They can even use my art — send those quislings this:
“‘When will there be a Sharia Day? Stoning? Slavery?’: Muslim students at elite French university under fire for Hijab Day event,” by Sara Malm, MailOnline, 20 April 2016:
Students at an elite Paris university sparked fierce debate Wednesday by inviting classmates to wear the Muslim head scarf for a day.
The event at Paris’s Sciences Po university was held to raise awareness of treatment of women who wear the hijab, but the initiative was fiercely criticised on social media and by student union representatives.
The event was held in the wake of Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ controversial statement that he wished to ban all forms of religious headscarves at French universities.
The Hijab Day Facebook page stated that the students who took part in wearing the veil for a day would ‘experience the stigmatisation experienced by veiled women in France’.
‘It is to raise awareness, open the debate and give the floor to women who are often debated on in public but rarely heard,’ said Laetitia Demaya, one of the organisers.
The Sciences Po initiative, which trended at the top of French Twitter under the hashtag #HijabDay, drew a mixture of praise and anger.
Former agriculture minister Bruno le Maire, who now teaches at Sciences Po and is also angling for the right-wing Republicans party’s presidential nomination, expressed his ‘disapproval’ on Twitter.
‘In France women are visible. No to proselytising,’ he wrote.
Philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy tweeted: ‘Hijab Day at Sc Po. When will there be a sharia day? Stoning? Slavery?’
‘This is a provocation and we denounce the religious character of the event,’ Carla Sasiela, the head of the UNI student union, told The Local.
Her group said the event is a ‘total contradiction of the values of the Republic and the respect for women’s rights’.
Writing on its Facebook page, the student wing of the far-right National Front (FN) criticised an initiative coming from a ‘Parisian middle class disconnected from social reality’.
‘This initiative is particularly nauseating when women all over the world are fighting to throw off their shackles. In Iran, for example, women have acid thrown in their faces if they don’t wear the veil,’ it said.
The university distanced itself from the initiative in a statement on Twitter, saying the fact it was taking place on the campus ‘should not be interpreted as support.’
Sciences Po’s Hijab Day was held just days after France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he wants all forms of Muslim headscarves to be banned in universities.
In an interview with the daily newspaper, Liberation, Prime Minister Valls said France should ‘protect’ French Muslims from extremist ideology.
He said the headscarf, when worn for political reasons, oppresses women and is not ‘an object of fashion or consumption like any other.’
Asked whether to outlaw headscarves in universities, Mr Valls is quoted as saying ‘it should be done, but there are constitutional rules that make this ban difficult.’
The wearing of full-face veils in public spaces has been banned under French law since April 2011.
The 2010 ‘Act prohibiting concealment of the face in public space’, applies not only full-face veils or burqas worn by some Muslim women, but all face-covering headgear, including masks, helmets and balaclavas.
The only exceptions are when ordered otherwise under French law – such as motorbike helmets while riding or for work requiring the face to be covered for health and safety reasons.
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