Chief Imam’s Spokesperson to Gov’t: Take Public Action Against Hijab Discrimination

Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu

Accra, Ghana, October 13, 2019//-Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu is urging the government to take stringent action to end discrimination against Muslim women and girls who wear hijabs.

He warned that if action was not taken people may leverage the discrimination against Muslims to perpetrate violence.

“These things are the triggers that any evil person can take advantage of,” he noted.

Though Ghana’s laws do not allow discrimination against religion, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu reminded that some people still single out Hijab-wearing women.

“Ghana is a circular country, I know so all our institutions do not have policies for discrimination. Individuals are hiding behind the authority of these institutions and are discriminating.”

He stressed that people who discriminate against Muslim women “must be found out and dealt with publicly.”

“What are the sanctions? We want the sanctions to come out and be made public for the world to know. When we do so, we will all be helping to sanitise.”

Saturday saw some marches against discrimination of persons who wear Hijabs as part of the #HijabIsAnIdentity campaign, where Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu spoke.

The Peace marches were dubbed ‘The Hijab is my identity’ on some streets of Accra and Kumasi.

The convener of the march, Bashiratu Kamal said: “We are running this campaign on the bedrock of the fact that Muslim women and girls continually face discrimination and marginalisation at the work paces, in schools and other public spaces which is not supposed to be so.”

She stressed that Ghana’s laws guaranteed a right to religion.