• Maryam Isa-Haslett


1. Woman are not forced to wear hijabs

Some women choose to wear the hijab because it is a national tradition of their country of origin, or because it is norm in their local area, city or country. Others wear it to demonstrate their commitment to dressing modestly and for religious reasons. Like any item of clothing, some women wear the hijab for specific occasions, such as for family or community events, or during times of day but take it off at other times such as such as wearing the hijab to and from work but taking it off while working. A small minority may claim to be forced to wear the hijab. However according to many studies shows that Muslim women choose to wear the hijab as a way of showing self-control, power and agency.

2. You are not sexually oppressed

Many hijab wearers have said that they wear the veil not as a symbol of control by a man, rather to promote their feminist ideals. Many Muslim Women, wearing a hijab offers a way for them to take control of their bodies and to claims a stance that challenges the ways in which women are marginalised by men. For young Muslim women, research shows that wearing a hijab says a little about the likelihood of them having a boyfriend or participating in a sexual relationship. Indeed, some of these young Muslim women have said they would wear the hijab to give them more space to engage in such activities.

3. You are not more likely to be linked with terrorism