Kimia Alizadeh: Iran’s first female Olympian

On Friday, 18-year-old Hijab-wearing Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin became Iran’s first Olympian by defeating Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic 5-1 in the under-57 kg Taekwondo division to win a bronze at Rio 2016.

On Friday, Iran’s president Sheikh Hassan Rouhani, PhD, congratulated Zenoorin via tweeter, saying: “Kimia, my daughter, you made happy all Iranians, particularly women of the Iranian land. I wish everlasting happiness for you.”

Iranian athletes have won six medals so far; Gold (2), Silver (1), and Bronze (3).

Egypt’s Hijab-wearing Hedaya Malak won the bronze medal in the women’s taekwondo -57kg event as well.

Earlier, two Hijab-wearing female athletes; America’s fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Egypt’s weightlifter Sara Ahmed won Bronze Medals at Rio 2016.

In Iran, there is no law to enforce wearing Hijab by women especially within non-Muslim minorities such as Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians. Millions of secularist Muslim Iranian women don’t wear Hijab. However, bikini is banned at public places.

France is the first European nation to force Hijab ban on its largest (7-9 millions) non-Christian minority. Last week, French Jewish prime minister Manuel Valls threw his kosher support behind banning wearing Burkinis at French beaches.

Australia is another Jewish-controlled nation where Muslim women are condemned and harassed over wearing Hijab by government and media.

On August 18, 2016, professor Peter Hopkins (New Castle University, Australia) in an article, entitled, Five truths about the hijab need to be told tried to educate anti-Muslim Judeo-Christian bigots.

In the West, many regard traditional Muslim dress like the hijab as a sign of oppression, with women forced to wear the garments by men. But it is not as simple as that: many women choose to wear the hijab as a sign of faith, feminism, or simply because they want to,” Hopkins says.

Some women choose to wear the hijab because it is a national tradition of their country of origin, or because it is the norm in their local area, city or country. Others wear it to demonstrate their commitment to dressing modest and for religious reasons. Like any item of clothing, some women wear the hijab for specific occasions, such as for family or community events, or during particular times of day but take it off at other times, such as wearing the hijab to and from school or work but taking it off while studying or working,” Hopkins adds.

Many hijab wearers have said that they wear the veil not as a symbol of control by a man, but rather to promote their own feminist ideal. For many Muslim women, wearing a hijab offers a way for them to take control of their bodies and to claim a stance that challenges the ways in which women are marginalized by men,” says Hopkins.


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