Following the assault of a pregnant Muslim woman wearing a hijab in August 2013, Swedish women began posting pictures of themselves wearing headscarves on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #hijabuppropet, or #hijaboutcry.
They’ve accompanied their pictures with messages of support and fellowship, uniting as women to protest injustice.
Swedish women rallied to the cause by posting hijab-clad photos of themselves online, including well-known figures like Green Party MP Åsa Romson, Social Democrat Veronica Palm, and comedian and television host Gina Dirawi
Women posted heartfelt reasons for why they wanted to show their support, like this one, who wrote, “But for me and for a lot of women participating in this action this is no pretend play to try out Islam or “live like an exotic Muslim woman” for a week.
This is an act of support to all women, Muslim or not and especially for the woman who was attacked and beaten until unconscious simply for wearing hijab, in my own town…”