While a layer of (overwhelmingly) liberal pakeha women followed the example of prime minister Jacinda Ardern in donning the hijab as a show of ‘solidarity’ with the Muslim community after the white nationalist terror attacks in Christchurch on March 15, women in countries where Islamic law prevails have been fighting repressive dress codes. In Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Indonesian province of Aceh, wearing of the hijab, for instance, is compulsory.
Such dress codes are anti-women. And women in the places they are imposed have been fighting to bring them to an end. Moreover, not only are these dress codes repressive in and of themselves – they involve the state telling women how to dress – they are also indicative of the much wider denial of even formal, legal equality to women there.
For instance, at the very time Ardern and other women in New Zealand were donning hijabs, Iranian women’s rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was being sentenced to 33 years imprisonment and 148 lashes for defending women in Iran who were refusing to wear the hijab […]
via Women’s rights in Iran or hijab ‘solidarity’ in New Zealand — Redline