This Day (Lagos)

2 February 2014

Nigeria: Vice President's Wife Charges Women On Decent Dressing

The wife of the Vice-President, Hajiya Namadi Sambo, has urged women to promote their dignity and ensure modesty.

She also lamented that new technologies such as internet and cable television which promote western civilised culture have done a lot of harm in the area of fashion. Speaking at the Maiden World Hijab Day Celebration themed 'My Hijab, My Pride' in Abuja Saturday, Sambo expressed appreciation that more Muslim women are working to sensitise and promote Islamic identity and culture.

"Some modes of dressings in the name of fashion are indecent, indiscipline, and immoral, not modernisation...one of the essences of hijab is to protect women from abuse and disrespect", she added.

"This particularly includes various forms of sexual abuse and harassment which are prevalent in societies in which few women cover. Men often get mixed signals and believe that women want their advances by the way they reveal their bodies," Sambo said.

Also, wife of the Minister of the FCT, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, in her remarks urged Muslim women to not just imbibe the use of the hijab, but to match the practice with good character.

She added that the hijab did not forbid a woman from doing her work properly or from socialising.

"It is not about black clothes, it is about covering yourself, it is our pride and it protects women. When you wear your hijab, a man hardly challenges you or insults you, rather, you are respected," Mohammed said.

Other speakers include the General Secretary of the Women Rights Advancement and Protection Association (WRAPA), Hajiya Saudatu Mahdi and Senator Khairat Gwadabe.Highlights of the event include the presentation of an award to Sambo, and a fashion parade by local hijab designers.

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