Chicago’s Hijab Billboard Campaign Seeks To Educate

Chicago’s Hijab Billboard Campaign Seeks To Educate

September 21, 2019 6 By Ronny Jaskolski


IT’S AB UNUSUAL SIGHT. THESE BILLBOARDS ON THE EXPRESS WARRANTS THEY ASK FOR TOLERANCE AND RESPECT WHEN PEOPLE SEE MUSLIM WOMEN WEARING A HEAD DRESS CALLED THE HIJAB. HERE’S JIM WILLIAMS. Reporter: SHE SAYS WHEN HER DAUGHTER WANTED TO WEAR A HIJAB TO HIGH SCHOOL SHE HAD A QUESTION. I WAS LIKE, ARE YOU SURE? Reporter: WHY DID YOU ASK HER ARE YOU SURE? BECAUSE WHY OF I WAS AFRAID. I WAS AFRAID FOR HER. Reporter: BECAUSE MOM KNEW FROM HER ON EXPERIENCE WHAT MIGHT FOLLOW. TAKE THE DRIVER WHO TRIED TO FORCE HER OFF THE ROAD. RIGHT OFF 59 IN STREAMWOOD. HE DROVE ME INTO ON COMING TRAFFIC WITH MY KINDS THE CAR. Reporter: IT’S WHY THEY WANTED THESE BILLBOARDS ALONG 294 AND I 55 SHOWING THE HIJAB IS A SYMBOL OF EMPOWERMENT AND DEVOTION TO THEIR RELIGION. I CHOOSE TO WEAR THE HIJAB SO I FOLLOW THE COMMAND OF GOD. Reporter: THEY HOPE TO DISSPELL WHAT THEY CALL NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES ABOUT MUSLIM WOMEN. IT’S 100% MY CHOICE. AS CONTRARY TO THE POPULAR BELIEF, HIJAB IN NO WAY OH PRESSES US. Reporter: SHE WEARS ANNIE JAB AND HAS FELT THE STING OF BIGOTRY. WHY DON’T YOU GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY. Reporter: TWO BILLBOARDS MAY NOT CHANGE THE HEARTS OF BIGOTS BUT IT’S A START. JUST BECAUSE I WEAR THE HIJAB OR I DRESS A CERTAIN WAY SHOULDN’T BE THREATENING. Reporter: EVERYONE WE TALKED TO TODAY EMPHASIZED THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE THEYEN COURTER ARE RESPECTFUL. THEY ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HIJAB AND ISLAM WHICH IS WHY THEY’VE IN COLLIDED A PHONE NUMBER