FOMWAN: Stop dis­crim­i­nat­ing against Mus­lim women

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

A Mus­lim del­e­gate at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence and na­tional leader of Fed­er­a­tion of Mus­lim Women in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Ha­jiya Amina Omoti said dis­crim­i­na­tion against Mus­lim women for prac­tis­ing their re­li­gious rites should stop.

Speak­ing at the ple­nary of the con­fer­ence, Omoti said: “I want to talk about the un­fair in­ces­sant dis­crim­i­na­tion, ha­rass­ment and mo­lesta­tion of Mus­lim women and girls in schools, work place and the NYSC for don­ning the Is­lamic mode of dress­ing.

“Whereas people of other faith con­ve­niently adopt their dress code: the rev­erend sis­ters in their habit; the pas­tors in pas­toral col­lar and crosses and Harry Kr­ishna, etc,” she said.

The women group’s leader said “no­body finds this detestable. Mr. Chair­man even when the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion’s sec­tion 38 of 1999 al­lows for free­dom of wor­ship and the abil­ity to prac­tice and man­i­fest it. This is­sue should be se­ri­ously looked into.”

Omoti said the dis­crim­i­na­tion vi­o­lates the con­sti­tu­tional rights of in­di­vid­u­als, which guar­an­tees free­dom for re­li­gion to all Nige­ri­ans.

She said what hap­pens in some states of the coun­try con­tra­venes such pro­vi­sions of the con­sti­tu­tion, and was a clear de­nial of the Mus­lim child the right to study Is­lamic Re­li­gious Stud­ies and the force­ful evan­ge­lism into the Chris­tian faith on school as­sem­bly ground, and classes.

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