On the one week anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings that killed 50 folks, non-Muslim New Zealand girls wore headscarves on Friday as a present of assist for the Muslim group.
A physician in Auckland, Thaya Ashman, got here up with the Headband for Concord thought after listening to girl had been too scared to exit in public in hijab, the spiritual headband worn by Muslim girls.
“I needed to say: ‘We’re with you, we wish you to really feel at dwelling by yourself streets, we love, assist and respect you’,” she instructed Reuters.
Ashman spoke with the Islamic Ladies’s Council of New Zealand and the Muslim Affiliation of New Zealand to get their assist earlier than going public with the plan. She instructed NZ Herald that the motion was calling it a scarf fairly than a hijab to acknowledge the cultural distinction for non-Muslims.
New Zealanders posted selfies of themselves sporting headscarves on Twitter beneath #HeadscarfforHarmony and #scarvesforsolidarity.
“Carrying a scarf to uni as a present of assist and solidarity with the numerous Muslim girls who’re routinely harassed for the act of following their religion,” posted one girl.
A non-Muslim girl famous she was “nervous” to put on a scarf in public however was doing it out of “arohanui”, a Maori phrase that means deep love and affection.
One other stated she was sporting hers out of “tautoko” to the Muslim group, a Maori phrase that means assist.
Kids attending the vigil additionally wore headscarves in assist.
Reporters on New Zealand tv additionally wore headscarves.
One man posted a photograph of ladies he’d stopped and thanked for his or her assist.
The president of the New Zealand Muslim Affiliation Ikhlaq Kashkari instructed Newsweek the motion was a “great thought.”
“Mere phrases can not specific how grateful and grateful we’re for all the outpourings of affection, compassion and assist we’ve got had for the reason that atrocities suffered in Christchurch final week,” stated Kashkari.