Friday, 3 November 2017

I SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO TAKE MY HIJAB OFF.


Yeah, yeah I know and you don't have to point out the obvious, I don't wear the hijab. Not yet. Don't ask me why not, because it's none of your business, it's a personal thing and I shouldn't have to explain myself to you or any other person out there. 

Now that we got that out of the way, I'm going to tell you why I'm writing about this topic. Well, I have a couple of reasons. The first being: when I was going at it with the heated conversations and topics with a friend of mine, like we always do and sometimes I feel like we go to school just to do that, she started pointing out all the crap that she has to go through, just because she wears the head scarf and not just her actually; Her sister as well, and frankly any other hijabi woman who wants to build a life for herself. 








That might seem to you like an exaggeration, especially because I live a Muslim country, as it is clearly stated in its constitution : "sovereign Muslim state", but trust me, I am not. I feel like people have this wide misconception that just because, a hijabi woman, or generally just any Muslim woman lives in a Muslim state, that it's heaven on earth for her, which is not. Not at all. 

Hijabi women struggle to find jobs. I'm pretty sure a lot of people are going to disagree with me, and it's okay because to each their own opinion, but that's not gonna stop me from speaking my truth. And my truth is, even though we don't see it, or we choose not to see it, that doesn't mean that discrimination against hijabi women, for the simple fact that they choose to cover up, doesn't exist.

Listen, I am not generalizing here, that's not what I'm trying to do, I am not saying that all companies are evil and shitty or whatever you are hearing, don't twist my words, because that wouldn't be true. There are some respectful and very big names who see women as equal, despite of their faith or clothing or race even. What I am saying is that, there are still companies out there that won't hire you if you wear the head scarf.

And what's crazy is that, they bring their franchises into Muslim soils, and I'm like what the hell is wrong with you? And sometimes, it's " Muslim " people who do it too. By the way you're not gonna find that in the job requirements, they're not stupid to write " we won't hire you if you wear the hijab " because that's a breach of human rights, and they would get sued because of it, they do all of this in an implicit way. 

Like " we found another person who is better suited for the job than you. "  And that could be true, if it happened once or twice, but it happens all the time. Like you're telling me, that that covered up woman, who was the top of her class, who did studies abroad, who has more work experience that any other candidate, is not suited for the job? And that woman, in the very tight suit, with the heavy makeup, with no experience, is better? Like really? Let's not kid ourselves here and act like we don't know what's going on. No shade to women who wear tight suits and makeup, more power to you, I'm like you in fact, I'm just trying to make a point here, don't be too sensitive about it. 








The other thing that kind of gave me the push to talk about this topic, because I was hesitant at first not gonna lie, is this creator on YouTube called Dina Tokio. Dina is a British Muslim woman, who chooses to wear the head scarf. She's always been vocal about the struggles of wearing the hijab in the 21st century and recently, she did this series called " Your average Muslim. " This series was really eye-opening for me, as someone who has never lived in a non-muslim country, because it showed me how cruel people can be in regards of someone or something that is different. She went to different places, talked to different women who were " breaking the stereotypes of Hijabi women " as they like to call it and I recommend you see it, for the simple fact that it's good quality content. 

Anyway, one of them talked about her experience when she was applying for jobs. She said that one store told her, that they would hire her, but on one condition which is to take off her scarf at work, and she could put it back when she was done. Like how is that acceptable? How is that allowed? Shouldn't everybody have the right to express their religion the way they please? Isn't that a breach of basic human rights to do that? 

According to the universal declaration of human rights, in the articles: 

      Article 2: " Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. " 

      Article 18: " Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. "

      Article 23: " 1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. 2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. 3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. 4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.  "

So my question to anybody reading this is: should we start perusing these people in justice? Should we sue their asses because of what they're doing?

And this bullshit doesn't just happen when it comes to work, it happens in every aspect of life, and I'm sure that I'm gonna talk more about it in future posts, just wait for it. 

I SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO TAKE MY HIJAB OFF.

Yeah, yeah I know and you don't have to point out the obvious, I don't wear the hijab. Not yet. Don't ask me why not, because i...