New Zealand women wear hijab on Friday, show solidarity to Muslims
By Nadhirah Sofea Rashid
Women of all religions in New Zealand are being encouraged to wear a headscarf to show their support for the Muslim community in the wake of the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch.
The #headscarffharmony movement will take place on Mac 22, Friday.
A Facebook account was recently set up to promote the hijab-wearing on New Zealand's National Day of Hijab.
It aims to support and acknowledge the pain the Muslim community is going through, and the grief New Zealanders share in the midst of the tragedy.
"We heard the story of a frightened woman hiding at home, too scared to go out onto the street as she felt her headscarf identified her as a target for terrorism.
"We wanted to say 'we are with you, we want you to feel at home on your own streets, we love, support and respect you.
"We want to show our love and support and grieve for the loss of 50 mothers, fathers, children, colleagues and friends after last Friday's terrorist attack in Christchurch," the group said.
Previously, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a headscarf during her visit to Christchurch.
While there will be those who may not support the move, a majority of the New Zealand community pledged their support.
Kudos to the group for this beautiful movement!