It has been more than a year since Halimah Yacob became the first Hijabi Muslimah to become our country’s President. From the time she first announced her intentions to run for presidency up till when she assumed office, many Muslims were so full of hope that as president, she will be a louder voice for our community. Many fellow Hijabis were also hopeful that since a picture of a Hijabi president would now be hanging on the walls of all public institutions including government buildings and schools, they will not be discriminated against in certain vocations of public service.
Unfortunately till today, the policy against allowing Muslimahs to wear the hijab in the military, police, and nursing sectors still remains the same. Muslimahs are still not allowed to wear the hijab if they want to join these uniformed groups. We also continue to hear stories like this, of Hijabis who were told to remove their hijab if they wanted a job in a government agency.
It has been more than a year since Halimah Yacob became our country’s first hijabi president. But what has she done for her fellow hijabis? Many hijabis are still waiting for her to speak up for them but her silence on the issue is deafening.
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