Hijab Regulations: The Experience of Two Women


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Nadia and Eman grew up about 12,000 kilometers from each other but they share one important experience.

They both have been told what they can and cannot wear by the people around them, based on their religion.

In Indonesia, many politicians argue that the jilbab, a type of hijab, is mandatory in Islam and that Muslim girls should be forced to wear it from a young age. A new ordinance now allows students or teachers to wear whatever they want in school, but not everywhere requires it; Nadia grew up having to wear it to school, and it was expected that it would continue to do so after that by her family.

In France, the opposite conversation is taking place, with a new bill banning minors from wearing prominent religious clothing at school, and the headscarf that is gaining widespread media attention in a country where secularism is celebrated. Growing up, Amna felt that many people in French society had misconceptions about the headscarf as a result.

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