NZ women wear headscarves in solidarity with Christchurch victims

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern joins mourners outside the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Women across New Zealand have worn headscarves to show solidarity with the country’s Muslim community following the terrorist attack last week

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a headscarf when she joined thousands of people in observing the call to prayer outside the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.

A post on the Scarves in Solidarity Facebook page invites women to “wear a scarf to show that we will not bow to terror”.

It continues: “This is a simple gesture but a powerful symbol that we reject the rhetoric of hate.

“Get your girlfriends, your sisters, your work colleagues, your sports team, your school, your church together and share a photo of you in your scarves so we can show the world that WE ARE ONE.”

Using the hashtag #headscarfforharmony and #scarvesinsolidarity on Twitter, women have shared photographs of themselves wearing the scarves at work and school.

Student Kate Mills Workman tweeted: “Wearing a headscarf to uni as a show of support and solidarity with the many muslim women who are routinely harassed for the act of following their faith.”

Some campaigners have however criticised Scarves in Solidarity for promoting the controversial wearing of the hijab.

UK-based campaigner Zara Kay tweeted: “I stand against misogyny, I stand against normalising the hijab.

“#ScarvesInSolidarity is encouraging the subjugation of women.”

American professor Asra Q. Nomani said the scarf was a symbol of “purity culture antithetical to feminist values”.