World Hijab Day comes to Montreal

A group of Montrealers is taking part in World Hijab Day tomorrow and holding an event to help spread awareness about the religious head covering.

The seminar involving discussions and presentations takes place at Concordia University's School of Community And Public Affairs. There will also be a live Skype broadcast with the founder of World Hijab Day, Nazma Khan.

The Montreal chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and anti-discrimination Facebook group Equality Quebec are among the participants.

Organizer Salman Saini said the event is timely given the current climate, especially with the debate surrounding the proposed Charter of Secularism, Bill 60.

"The climate right now is extremely hostile and very judgemental and very unfair. Veiled women are seen either as being oppressed and giving into the will of men or seen as being some part of some kind of extremist form of Islam, which are both extremely false accusations and really needs a lot of clarification," Saini told CJAD 800 News.

This is the first time a World Hijab Day event has been organized in Montreal. It started last year in New York and has spread to 60 countries.


The events takes place at Concordia University's School of Community And Public Affairs, 2149 Mackay street, room CI-01 between 2 and 5 p.m.

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  1. Drew posted on 02/01/2014 01:48 PM
    Hijab is to show that Muslim women are modest so you are telling me that the rest of Montreal women are not modest.?
    1. Salman Shabad Saini posted on 02/03/2014 08:13 PM
      @Drew Hello Drew,

      Absolutely not. It is simply one expression of modesty, and all 4 panels members at the event agreed upon this. It is an expression of faith and philosophy, but was never touted as the only one to follow.

      Equality Quebec
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