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On World Hijab Day, Muslim Feminist Speaks Out About Traditional Head Covering

Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:35pm
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Deedra Abboud

Since the divisive election last fall, reports of hate crimes and speech have been on the rise in the U.S., making some Muslim women fear for their safety.

They are identifiable by their head scarves, or hijabs, and today, they’re hoping to spread awareness about what that traditional head covering really means. It’s World Hijab Day, and local activists here will be wearing the scarves today to show solidarity with Muslim women.

Deedra Abboud, an attorney and Muslim activist in the Valley, is speaking at an event related to World Hijab Day today. She spoke with The Show’s Lauren Gilger about the event, and said that, when she converted to Islam, she knew she wanted to wear the hijab because she liked the symbolism of it.

To her, the hijab is for modesty, so she can be identified as a Muslim and a religious woman, and, because it separates her from her sexuality. People can’t judge her by her looks but only what she offers them, she said.

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