Egyptian Journalist Calls For Protest Against The Hijab At Tahrir Square

Egyptian Journalist Calls For Protest Against The Hijab At Tahrir Square


Egyptian journalist Cherif Choubachy has called for veiled women to join a rally in Tahrir Square to take off their head-scarves.

In comments on his Facebook page, Choubachy, who was also previously involved with UNESCO, said he intended to hold the event that would be as striking as Hoda Shaarawi’s action in 1923, when she publicly removed her veil in Alexandria.

Cherif Choubachy writes that “the veil was gone for more than fifty years in Egypt, and only reappeared in the 1970s after the defeat against Israel in 1967”, because rhetoric at the time said the loss was due to people straying away from Islam and its teachings.

Aimed to be held in the first weeks of May, Choubachy said he hopes young women will remove their veils at a demonstration in Tahrir Square, the heart of the January 25 revolution that saw the ouster of strongman Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of rule.

“Men [will be] positioned around them [the women] to protect them. I will be the first of these men,” said the journalist and writer.

A senior Al-Azhar official, however, has condemned Choubachy’s statements. Abbas Shouman, the deputy to Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam, said that it would be unacceptable to ask a woman to stop wearing the hijab, adding that the comments encroach on women’s freedom of choice.

The statement comes after various Salafist groups and other Islamic bodies condemned Choubachy’s call, urging Al-Azhar and the government to prevent such a demonstration.

With issues such as gender inequality in the workplace, a sexual harassment rate of 99 percent, poverty and more, Egyptian Streets’ Chief-Editor believes it is unlikely Choubachy’s statements will be taken seriously and are merely a distraction to the real issues that impact women in Egypt.

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  • shaza wa

    I find this article cring-worthy. Another man telling us whether we should or shouldnt wear the hijab.

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  • CAZ

    Purely from a vanity point of view, the hijab makes women look ten years older and dowdy. We can wear what we like as women , but I feel sorry for women who wear it…it maintains 30 per cent of the body heat during hot weather and causes dehydration as a result, particularly for the elderly, it results in hair loss and scalp infections, vitamin D deficiency. it also causes depression for those who are forced to wear it by husbands and fathers. It leads to break up of marriages when women no longer want to wear it, but the husband insists. Better to let the hair flow free, let the scalp breath to modulate temperature as it is intended to do. If men cant control their dicks at the sight of loose hair and a sighting of the neck, then they are complete and utter immature morons who should be locked up. Male desire is not the responsibility of women. We have enough to contend with.

    • Betty Eyer

      It looks really hot to me, and fussy – working or caring for a child and always having to be sure it’s in place. I can’t see how anyone would want to wear it unless they live in a very cold country.

  • Ikhwanii Extincticus

    Many Egyptian women have very unruly frizzy hair. Not the beautiful glossy shiny hair of the Indian women. Maybe that’s why they like to cover it 😉 It’s not attractive.

    • ZKhan

      Ask Your mother to Cover up first instead of sitting Naked in the Miami beach..

  • TalyEmmanuela

    So a male journalist ask for women to risk themselves to solve a problem they didn’t even create? Why doesn’t he call for man to do a protest showing their support for women, urging them to stop violence against women?

    • Matthew Blott

      I’m sure he supports that too.

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  • Tasha

    Why are people so concerned about what goes on our head are people so hard up to see us without them are they desperate to touch our hair I don’t get it.Do you know how many women walk around damn near nude go look at them touch them gawk at those who don’t mind you doing it who want nothing more than the attention of men. Go Find something else to protest about people seriously need to get a life. The world would be a better place if people learned how to mind their business.

  • khadiga

    i don’t think anyone has the right to tell anyone to wear or not wear anything… the only thing is that symbolically the hijab is for modesty. The symbol of it is not to be attractive to the eye when walking in public… however in egypt the girl who wears hijab the majority just covers their heads but don’t get the real meaning of it. It’s a personal thing like being a nun you’re doing it for yourself and for god. However in Egypt they wear it while showing their silhouette; they look more out there and attract your attention. Thus you might as well take it off if you’re not doing it for the sake of religion or god. It became a social norm or a cultural thing not as a religious thing. I am not wearing a veil but i don’t get vulgarly harassed as a girl that is colorful and wearing a veil.. We shouldn’t be against veils but we should educate people to choose wisely and ready to accept the sacrifice of materialistic world and that’s impossible in this era.

    • Camille Dautomne

      the example of NUNS is bad :
      most nuns in my country stopped to wear a veil in the 70s !
      and it was not asked by god but by the rules on the congregations.

      i dont believe that there is no pressure on women to wear a hijab… i am not muslim and i am canadian i many muslims showed me the picture of a wrapped candy and an unwrapped one… asking me wich one i prefer…

      • khadiga

        As much as you called nun a bad idea you saying you’re a Canadian and not a Muslim is also bad. A Canadian is a nationality… Egyptian is a nationality being a Muslim is stating his/her religion belief. You just stating your nationality instead of saying your just not a muslim wouldnt make you understand the situation and culture. And I was referring to a nun as a symbolism of modesty. And yes I agree women aren’t objects and the thing is in canada you got a powerful law and a system where you can screw a guy in court for harassing you… However it’s different here and it has nothing to do with being a Muslim it’s more of a stupid ignorant uneducated society that is not afraid of an established system.

      • Racha El-Sherif

        muslims call the choice between hell and heaven a free choice ! You girl will be dragged by your hair in hell if you don’t wear hijab yet you are free to choose to wear it or not or in other words to burn in hell or enjoy the heaven ! Stop this “her freedom to wear hijab” thing because many women are not buying it anymore !
        You are just justifying men’s control of women’s body just like porn producers when they are criticized for exploiting women and turning them into objects their answer is usually well “It was her choice to be a porn star” ! Stop it …

        • ZKhan

          If Muslims womens Cover their face or her hair then it is termed as religious and if the same Non Muslim womens Covers their face or their hair then it is their personal Choice..TI dont understand what is the Hypocrisy of the People here..In a Country like America and India where Non Muslims womens are Paid to be Naked and someone want to Cover their face it is Heaven and Hell..

  • Waad

    Wow, removing the head scarf? As metioned in the article Egypt has a 99% rate of sexual harrasment. And this is with almost most of the muslim women having the hijab on, whats going to happen when they take it off? Tbh this is part of a woman’s right, if she wants to put it on good for her if she doesn’t, thats no one’s damn business jeez people should just mind their own self! If you want to see woman with no hijab go to Europe!

    • Minymina

      This rally isn’t meant to force girls to remove the hijab. Its meant to support those who wish to remove it.

    • Camille Dautomne

      i dont believe that there is no pressure on women to wear a hijab… i am not muslim and i am canadian i many muslims showed me the picture of a wrapped candy and an unwrapped one… asking me wich one i prefer…

      if men harrass women, that is nothing to do with the hijab. it is not women’s fault… it is a lack of respect and of education !

    • Betty Eyer

      It’s not up to the woman to control sexual harassment by covering themselves. That’s the point.

  • crescent5

    Once again, a man trying to speak for women in Egypt. Ugh.

    • Tanja

      What’s your problem????

      • crescent5

        That women’s choices are being turned into a public display and a political issue rather than a personal decision that is no one’s business but her own.

    • Minymina

      The whole point of this event is the exact opposite. This is meant to support girls who were forced to wear the hijab and now want to take it off.

      • crescent5

        Then why don’t those girls organize an event for it themselves. As a girl, I believe that women’s issues should be organized by women and for women. After reading the article closely again, I read nothing about supporting girls who want to take it off. The key sentence would be that the journalist Choubachy “hopes young women will remove their veils”. It seems that that is the “whole point of this event”.

        • Minymina

          Because they’re afraid. This rally is meant to support them.
          Nothing more.

          • crescent5

            I don’t see the reason for being afraid to take it off. I wear the hijab right now, but if I wanted to, I would take it off tomorrow. I’m not afraid of the MB or the Salafis or even the disgusting men who harass women in the streets as personal hobby- only Allah is worthy of my fear.

          • Minymina

            Unfortunately, there are others who were forced into it by their families.

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  • Anastasia

    It’s up to women whether to wear veils or not. This journalist is stupid. He would better call them to observe the order and the queue in toilets and cash desks, not to eat much, to keep fit, and not to throw trash on the streets. Ah, and to teach their kids to behave as well. This would be much more useful

    • TalyEmmanuela

      Maybe it’s up to women in YOUR country but try not to wear it in arab countries. It’s not up to women at all, It is religion and men’s hostility and morality they decide for women. I don’t agree though that a man should be asking for women to put themselves in this dangerous position.

      • i luv helen

        who said that dumb ass most women dont wear it in arab countries u dumbass

  • Ikhwanii Extincticus


    • Tanja

      That is mobbing.

      • Ikhwanii Extincticus

        the word is hypocrisy

        • Jan Arild Evensen

          No, she’s right. Mobbing = bullying

    • Kyle Renner

      I understand the point of course but I always found that hijabis that look like these are a very obvious example of the fact that the headscarf is not equivalent to a nun’s covering.

      • Ikhwanii Extincticus

        Hypocrisy is what it is. They wear the tightest clothing and huge buckled belts in their groin, plaster their faces in make up, wear porn star type boots, tight jeans, lingerie on the outside of clingy thin tops and they say they are wearing hijab for religious reason so as not to attract men. I don’t care what people wear but for God’s sake they should stop being hypocrites.

        • Ali

          Porn star type boots?? There’s no such thing

  • Cairolive

    In reality most of those aren’t wearing a Hijab and should either “properly” wear it or take it off! A proper hijab wouldn’t show the contours of a woman, hence wearing pants and a top defeats the purpose and is a joke! It’s like the “Islamic swim suite” that sticks to her body when swimming! What are we becoming?

    • Guest

      Bullshit the koran doesnt state what should not and should be shown. The only things the koran states is that you should if you had a request for one of muhammeds wifes you should state it through a vale which hung in their rooms. The rest is just interpretation most of it ridiculous. And the rules for wearing hijab were agreed on by some sholars. Mohammed never said a thing about it. Learn your koran before being a smart ass. You jus tknow your stuff from some guy that hold you something…. All those “muslims” here not knowing anything about their religion

      • Cairolive

        WTF! Did you read the Koran in English and thought you know all or more than an Egyptian! Your story is about something totally different and it seems the only fu—-g thing your good at is a filthy mouth. Go ask the Al Azhar which is the highest Sunni Islamic authority in the world before you make an ass of yourself!!

        • George Michael

          ok smart ass,
          I read the Quran both in Arabic and several interpretation in English.
          I read Sahih Al bukhari and studies the four main scholars and the tafseer.
          and the guest is right, only the wives of the prophet (PBUH)
          are only required to cover their head, the Aya is very clear.
          It is the male dominated society in your country and other Muslim country is trying to keep Muslim women under their control. Women are half the society and they should be given the choice of what they wear and what they drive and what kind of education they choose and the man they want to marry.

          • tvcaldwell

            You were not reading the posts (most of them anyway) and clearly being selective with your reading. I see many posts where Muslims are saying it is up to the woman to wear or not wear the hijab and you all-knowing have interpreted the discussion to make your bigoted interpretation suggesting women are being forced to do it by male Muslims. While I admit there may be some men who try to impose it on their women, but by and large most Muslim women who wear the hijab do it of their own accord. I know of Muslim girls in the west whose fathers tell them not to wear it out of concern for their welfare but the girls insist on wearing it. So there you are! The world is not black or white.

        • George Michael

          oh, and by the way they Al Azhar NEVER NEVER said that Hijab is an obligation on Muslim women, you know why because they know better than anybody that Muslim women can wear hijab but it is NOT a religious obligation, so stop using foul language you moron

      • Jen

        Wrong! There are sahih hadith that state what a woman can show. And there is also an ayah in the Qur’an that says when hijab was revealed, women ripped the bottom of their dresses to cover their hair and faces. Try reading the Qur’an.

        • George Michael

          I challenge you to mention the Aya that women cut their clothing to make hijab

    • Camille Dautomne

      you invent a new quran !
      in the quran it is written hide your BOSOM… the word hair is not there…
      and in the haddiths it is written : a good muslim must know how to swim…

      but fake muslims like you, forbide to women to swim…
      swimming is a very heallthy sport !

      the islamic swim suit is good !

      • Cairolive

        01)- You are in no position to say I’m a fake Muslim since this is only a judgment that will be made by God. You are in no position to say this too since you don’t know what’s in my heart.
        02)- As for what’s written in the Quran, do read this link or translate it.
        03)- I never did ask for women not to swim. But there are ways of doing it as per Islam and I will not go into details.
        You need to open your mind and learn, really learn instead of showing ignorance.

    • Betty Eyer

      “what are we becoming?” Free people responsible for your own choices?

      • Cairolive

        no one asked you to get involved

        • Betty Eyer

          I don’t need your permission.

  • Commander_Chico

    A ridiculous sideshow when there are so many other things worth protesting in Egypt, from the murder of Shaimaa, to Shehata’s kangaroo court, to the waste that is Capital City Cairo, to arresting and torturing journalists.

    This is probably a false flag protest set up by the regime to divide and conquer.

    Besides, hijabs can frame pretty faces nicely.

    • Betty Eyer

      Oppression of women is neither trivial nor a false flag. And who cares whether it is pretty or not if the woman does not want to wear it?


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