I was having my lunch in my cubicle when my colleague Fem took this photo. Hence, the weird mouth pose.
On March 24, 2012, Iraqi-Muslim woman and mother of five Shaima Alawadi was dead after found beaten in her home in South California, the U.S., next to a note that read,"Go back to your country, you terrorist." Shaima's case is a representative of the brutal and harsh effect of Islamophobia in Western societies.
Last year, the first International Scarves in Solidarity was held on April 21. The movement was launched after French government passed the law that bans women from wearing niqab (face veil) in public. Everyone is welcome, Muslims and people of different faiths alike, women and men, to join the movement on that day (April 21) by simply wearing a scarf around the neck. Or if you're willing, around your heads.
This year, the day will be dedicated to Shaima Alawadi.