By Liza Soriano
Hijab as worn by Muslim teens (Photo courtesy by Wisconsin Muslim Journal)
MANILA — Senator Francis Tolentino supports the proposal declaring National Hijab Day every February.
Tolentino said this during the hearing of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs.
Senate Bill No. 1272 and Senate Bill No. 805, presented to the Committee, both seek to declare the first day of February of each year as National Hijab Day.
Hijab is a veil worn by Muslim women that cover the head and chest. This piece of clothing is said to be an expression of the Islamic faith and has been a source of discrimination against Muslim women.
Internationally, World Hijab Day was launched in 2013 with the aim of “raising awareness and normalizing the wearing of the hijab.”
In Cotabato City, the Bangsamoro Women Commission led the celebration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on World Hijab Day with the theme “Hijab is our Crown, Not a Crime.”
Tolentino again praised the initiative to recognize and celebrate with the Muslim community.
“Patuloy po yung pag-suporta ko doon sa dalawang nakahaing panukalang batas dito po sa inyong komite, maging yung National Hijab Day. Alam ko po ang inyong saloobin at ako po ay kasama ninyo,” sinabi ni Tolentino sa National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. (ai/mtvn)