Egyptian lady wearing the hijab, 2008
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Egyptian lady wearing the hijab, 2008
Last updated: April 14, 2015

Egyptian journalist calls for protest to take off the hijab

Banner Icon Cherif Choubachi, an Egyptian writer and journalist, has called for a protest against the hijab; he urged veiled women to join the protest without their headscarves.

He wrote in a Facebook post that, “I suggest the following; a group of girls would take their head scarves off in a day in the first week of May, in a protest at Tahrir Square. They will be guarded by a group of men and I’ll be one of those men, and the security directorate will be informed about this protest as well.”

He also added that the event would be as strong as Hoda Shaarawi’s, when she removed her head scarf publicly in 1923.

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Egyptian feminist Hoda Sharaawi is the one seated, 1947.

“There were no veiled girls in Egypt for more than fifty years, but they reappeared in the 1970s after the defeat against Israel in 1967,” he wrote.

Choubachi also pointed out in an article in an independent newspaper that the hijab is ‘one of the main reasons why we are underdeveloped’.

He said that he hopes all women to join in the demonstration at Tahrir Square – the very heart of the Egyptian revolution which forced Hosni Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power.

On the other hand, Abbas Chouman, a senior official at Al-Azhar, said that it’s not acceptable to ask women to take their hijab off, not to mention that it’s against the freedom of choice.

Another official at Al-Azhar said in a press statement that Muslim girls are free to show their religious teachings, just as unveiled girls are free to show their hair. The statement from Al-Azhar came after Islamist groups condemned the statements of Choubachi and urged Al-Azhar to stop the protest. 

Toqa Ezzidin
Toqa, a journalism student at Cairo University, currently works as an investigative journalist intern at the Daily News Egypt.
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