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Dalhousie Student Union offers emergency hijab kits amid ‘safety concerns’ for Muslim women

Nov 29, 2017 by

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HALIFAX — The Dalhousie Student Union is offering emergency hijab kits after Muslim women on campus reportedly had their head coverings pulled off and spat on, but the university says it doesn’t expect the kits will be used.

Dalhousie Student Union president Amina Abawajy said the emergency hijab kits come in response to mounting harassment and violence against Muslim women on campus.

“We were hearing about safety concerns from Muslim students across campus,” she said Tuesday, noting that the hijab campaign is an attempt to make students feel safer while raising awareness about hate crimes against Muslims.

The hijab kits, created in partnership with the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG), include a piece of fabric, pins, tips for bystanders, a guide for wrapping the hijab and phone numbers for reporting crimes.

A Dalhousie University spokeswoman said the school has agreed to have the hijab kits on hand with campus security should they be needed.

But Janet Bryson says the university doesn’t expect the kits will be used.

Source: Dalhousie Student Union offers emergency hijab kits amid ‘safety concerns’ for Muslim women | National Post

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