World Hijab Day
February 1st, 2013, marked the first annual World Hijab Day (WHD) in recognition of millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty.
The brainchild of this movement is a New York resident, Nazma Khan, who came up with the idea as a means to foster religious tolerance and understanding by inviting women (non-Hijabi Muslims/non-Muslims) to experience the hijab for one day.
For many people, the hijab is a symbol of oppression and segregation. By opening up new pathways to understanding, Nazma hopes to counteract some of the controversies surrounding why Muslim women choose to wear the hijab.
WHD has thousands of volunteers worldwide and 70+ WHD Ambassadors from over 45 countries. WHD Ambassadors come from all walks of life from a high school student to a Congresswoman in the Philippines. Last year alone, 150 countries partook in WHD. In addition to that, WHD has been endorsed by many world renowned individuals including scholars, politicians, and celebrities worldwide. (from http://worldhijabday.com/about-us/)
Over the past few years, several of our schools have celebrated this event. View a brochure and invitation used in the past by World of Inquiry School #58 HERE and consider using some of the resources below if you'd like to celebrate at your school:
Books for Children and Teachers:
- The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter
- The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco
- Does My Head Look Big in This by Ramda Abdel-fattah
- The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
- Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea (Rise and Shine) by Greg Mortenson