Doctor Shows Solidarity With Muslims Through #HeadscarfForHarmony

After the Christchurch terror attack, this New Zealand doctor encouraged women of all faiths to show support for Muslims with the #HeadscarfForHarmony campaign.

In March 2019 a gunman made his way into two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people. Soon after women across the country are donning a headscarf similar to a traditional hijab worn by Muslim women to show their solidarity for the victims and the religion.

Wearing a hijab in the faith is an Islamic tradition that many Muslim women decide willingly to practice. In most cultural perceptions it makes Muslim women more recognizable and serves as a symbol of identity. Similar to clothing worn by nuns and Orthodox Jewish women, a hijab symbolizes Islamic women's devotion to God and commitment to their religion.

For non-Muslim women, wearing a headscarf to remember fallen fellow residents symbolizes love, strength and unity in a dark hour. Several New Zealand women spoke to CNN about why they decided to take part in the movement.

"This is really about the rights to all the upholds and say we as New Zealand is upholding the rights to choose to wear a headscarf — should a Muslim woman wish to choose to wear one — and the right for her to feel safe in her own country." - Dr. Thaya Ashman, GP in Auckland, NZ.

Not everyone is on board with the movement. The "headscarf for harmony" hashtag campaign is facing backlash on social media from people who consider the hijab to be a sign of female oppression. Many opposers think non-Muslims should show their unity by expressing their sympathy and having a moment of silence. While others asked "Why Muslims don't take off their hijabs to show support for victims of other religions?" (Muslim women can't take off their hijabs in front of strange men, as it contradicts the practice of wearing it.)

Dr. Ashman counters, "It's not a hijab, it is a headscarf. Headscarf being worn by Westerners and by women and men since time immemorial."


04/30/2019 12:00 PMupdated: 04/30/2019 3:14 PM


  • Richard B.
    05/30/2019 18:08

    Support for Muslims. How about the genicede Muslims are doing to christens. Thousands are murdered by Muslims in the name of Allah. Hell no. Peaceful Muslims no. If they are not of Muslim faith. Then you are a infidel. You should die. Their Muslim faith is a blight on humanity.

  • Saundra G.
    05/30/2019 11:46

    How about we don't really care! You do you. Stop making this everyone else's problem. Quit pushing this agenda and making others feel sub-par for living their lives. Practice your religion and I will practice mine. It is called religious freedom. Not assimilation.

  • Vinny S.
    05/21/2019 11:48

    Tell that to the world Trade Center

  • Leah C.
    05/15/2019 20:15

    Should we not then, support those women in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other places, who chose NOT to cover their heads?

  • Imma A.
    05/14/2019 22:48

    You a stupid

  • Imma A.
    05/14/2019 22:45

    Give me a break you people don't get it you are falling for the tricks the want to take over

  • Rob A.
    05/14/2019 03:23

    Muslim or Ramadan worshiper?

  • Johnny B.
    05/11/2019 16:57

    can not trust them

  • Bobby P.
    05/11/2019 15:33

    Are you serious ?

  • Allen H.
    05/10/2019 17:07


  • Michael W.
    05/03/2019 05:07

    so instead of dealing with the enforcement on women to wear head gear, instead its PC thing to do to ask all women of faith to wear something that is a sign of submission, way to move forward.

  • Ayase N.
    05/01/2019 17:39

    If woman have the choice to show a lot of skin then they should have the choice to cover it.

  • Robert B.
    05/01/2019 16:57


  • Ashutosh A.
    05/01/2019 16:06

    When Hindus die then nothing happens

  • Rory Y.
    05/01/2019 09:19


  • Faye Y.
    05/01/2019 08:42

    Who is showing sorrow or hope for the Christians that have been murdered and the churches that have been desecrated? Over a thousand churches have been destroyed in France alone in the past year. You don't hear that on the news!

  • Gina P.
    05/01/2019 08:05

    New Zealand women !!!!!

  • Patrick M.
    04/30/2019 16:26

    Wait let me see if I understand this. Muslim extremists go blow up a church. And then to show solidarity when are supposed to start wearing head scarfs like other Muslims? Am I the only one that thinks that is really stupid?

  • Ian C.
    04/30/2019 16:24

    On one level, I have no problem with head scarves or hijabs (as opposed to identity masking niqabs or burqas, which I view as abhorrent, but that is another, length, story). My mother-in-law’s family was Ukrainian in it’s ancestry, and in every picture up until at least the 1930s, every woman wore a head scarf (by whatever name). However, it takes very little thought to show that such “hair covering” is incredibly sexist, on at least two levels. One, if it is done for purposes of “modesty”, it suggests that women’s hair is a sexual attractant, to be hidden from men, presumably because men are too weak to control their passions and because women have to hide that part of themselves from other than “approved” men. Secondly, in most cultures where women feel the need to cover their hair, the men do not. Why is that? It has the same premise of compelling women to cover their ankles, or not to have bare arms. In any society where women and men are presumed to be equal (and, sadly, in many they are not), this sexualisation of hair and differentiation of genders based on it should be offensive to anyone caring about women’s equality. If anyone dared to suggest that any of my daughters or granddaughters, for cultural, religious or any other reasons, had to cover their hair (or ankles or arms), they would come into serious conflict with me or anyone who believes it the treatment of women as equal human beings.

  • Brut
    04/30/2019 15:06

    Expressing sorrow and hope — New Zealand's parliament invited this Muslim leader to deliver a prayer to open its new session in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack.

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