She is encouraging other women to do the same on Thursday during Ottawa Hijab Solidarity Day, or at least try one on, in the name of educating non-Muslims and eliminating Islamophobia.
“I feel liberated when I’m wearing it … because it’s something that came from me. It feels right for me,” she said.
For the women in Ottawa who, like her, chose to veil their heads, this event is designed to provide them a safe space in light of anti-Muslim rhetoric which seemed to flourish during the federal election campaign, including the attack of a Muslim woman in Toronto last November.
Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, who has made ending violence against women a policing priority, is scheduled to speak at the reception at City Hall. The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) both organized on the event.
It will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the councillors’ lounge.