[Over 130 people had posted pictures of themselves with their heads covered on Instagram by August 20, and a further 8,600 people had joined hijabuppropet “hijab outcry” facebook group.]
By Elham Asaad Buaas
Hundreds of Swedish women donned the hijab last week in support of a pregnant Muslim woman who was attacked earlier this month in Sweden. They posted their photos and support on the tweets and on face book.
Over 130 people had posted pictures of themselves with their heads covered on Instagram by August 20, and a further 8,600 people had joined hijabuppropet “hijab outcry” facebook group.
#hijabuppropet was also trending worldwide on twitter. Among the many to trend their support and women who posted their photos of themselves wearing the hijab is @psykosmurfen who tweeted “I am an atheist and I wore a hijab to work to support Muslim women against harrassment #Hijabuppropet.”
@Intercult also tweeted “Spent the day wearing Hijab supporting #hijabuppropet Protesting against increased violence towards muslim women!”
Leftist politicians and celebrities were among those supporting the campaign.
A demonstration was held in Stockholm on August 22 to support Muslim women’s right to wear the hijab in public.
A heavily pregnant Swedish woman wearing a hijab on August 16 reported being assaulted as she approached her car in the Stockholm suburb of Farsta.
The man who attacked her made a reference to her hijab, she said. Police are currently searching for witnesses to the incident, which is being treated as a hate crime.
Earlier, Sweden’s Justice Minister, Beatrice Ask, met with anti-hate crime activists following an Islamophobic attack on a hijab wearing pregnant Muslim woman.
Speaking after the meeting with Minister Ask on August 20, Foujan Rouzbeh, one of the activists who convinced thousands of women to wear the hijab in protest of the Islamophoic attack, said: “We tried to say that there is structural discrimination…but Ask kept referring to individual responsibilities.”
“I also said that under this Government, we’ve gotten the impression that this type of crime has increased,” she added.
Speaking with Sveriges Radio (SR), a friend of the pregnant woman explained that the victim had her headscarf ripped off during the incident. Several other women have since come forward with their own accounts of being harassed because they wear headscarves.
Her claims prompted an outpouring of solidarity on social media sites, with some 4,000 Twitter users of different faiths posting pictures of themselves wearing headscarves.
Activists who attended the meeting with Ask said they had also demanded that a commission look into the problem of violence against the women who wear it.