A Peek Into Several European Countries
By: Devon Fasbinder
The people of Sweden are taking their social stances to the Internet regarding a controversy surrounding the wearing of a hijab.
According to The Local, a pregnant woman in Farsta, a suburb of Stockholm, was attacked for wearing a headscarf. She passed out after having her head slammed into a car.
According to Al Jazeera, the man shouted slurs leading police to believe the attacker’s motivation was the woman’s religion. Police have not arrested anyone yet.
This violence sparked a movement in Sweden for men and women to wear headscarves in support of the woman attacked.
Organizers are calling the movement a “hijab outcry” or hijabuppropet. Supporters are posting pictures of themselves donning a hijab and using the hashtag #hijabuppropet. As of Wednesday August 28, there were nearly 3000 posts on Instagram. They can be viewed here.
Here are a few examples…