The Muslima Mentorship Network, a Muslim women group in the Northern Region, over weekend took to the streets of Tamale to demonstrate against the discrimination in public institutions where muslims women are not allowed to wear their head veil known as the hijab.
The organizers of the campaign are seeking to put a stop to the marginalization of Muslim ladies in such social institutions.
The protest dubbed the “Hijab is an identity” campaign a peaceful walk which began from the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium to Jubilee Park.
The Muslim ladies marched though some principal streets of Tamale before presenting their petition to Northern Regional Minister. The demonstrators carried placards some of which had inscriptions; “Hijab is my identity”, “I am a citizen of Ghana too”,”Respect me and my hijab” and many others.
Presenting their petition to Northern Regional Minister, the convener of the group Feruzah Wuniche Salisu, stated that the rights of Muslim women in the country is constantly abuse for choosing to wear hijab. The group however appealed to government to take action against the discrimination Muslim women goes through for wearing hijab in the country.
The Northern Regional Minister Salifu Sa-eed who received the petition on behalf of the president, pledge to forward it to the appropriate body for redress.
He also assured the leadership of the group that, his office would liaise with the Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Mustapha Hamid for quick resolution of the concern raised by the Muslim women in the country.
Source:Alhassan Yakubu | www.Diamondfmonline.com | Ghana