Date: February 12th & 13th 2012-Present
On February 12 2012, one day before International Purple Hijab, Scarf & Tie Day (February 13 2012), VLW visited The Martyr’s of 17th of February High School (Formerly 11 July), in Zawia, Libya. Welcomed by purple as far as the eye could see we gave a seminar on Domestic Violence and then distributed & collected surveys an anonymous survey on Domestic Violence (both before and after the seminar).
The survey asked three questions:
1) what does domestic violence mean to you?
2) Have you been personally affected by domestic violence?
3) In your opinion, what can the Libyan Government & Libyan Civil Society do to help end domestic violence?
On February 13 2012, these surveys, along with thousands more from high schools throughout Libya were presented to Libyan Prime Minister El-Keib. Keib requested an appointment with VLW, after hearing of the cause & happily wore a purple scarf in support stating, “This is such a great cause”.
Pictures of the students of Martyr’s of 17th of February school, the Libyan Prime Minister, Libyans from all over the country & world who sent in their pictures, foreign diplomats, International supporters of the cause & numerous Libyan NGO’s which wore purple Hijabs, scarves & ties in support of International Purple Hijab, Scarf & Tie Day can be found at www.facebook.com/thevoiceoflibyanwomen.
Who is Aasiya Zubair?
On February 12, 2009, Aasiya Zubair, a Muslim American co-founder of Bridges TV (a network dedicated to promoting cultural awareness about Muslims), was murdered by beheading by her husband. Prior to her death, she had faced countless incidents of domestic abuse. Her husband excused himself in court, stating that Islamically it was permissible for him to kill her as she did “not obey him”. Zubair’s death has sparked a grassroots movement among Muslim communities around the world to end domestic violence. Many initiatives were created including International Wear a Purple Hijab Day.
International Purple Hijab Day on February 13th is an day in which all muslims, men & women, are uniting against domestic abuse. The Voice of Libyan Women is calling on everyone to wear a Purple hijab, scarf, even necktie to show their support for this cause. We want to make it known that domestic abuse in any form is not in any way tolerated.
It has been argued many times that domestic violence is allowed in Islam however this is a grave falsehood. Islam does not teach, condone, or allow for the abuse of any living thing. “It teaches Muslims not to harm others and Muslims are taught to believe there is a grave punishment for Muslims who do harm to others or abuse the land, sea or plant life. Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the example of how excellent a human being can be, was known to have never harmed anyone in his family. He only used violence when on the battlefield against a clearly identified enemy. He taught self-restraint and peace during his time here on earth. Muslim domestic violence advocates want to make it clear without any doubt that these heinous crimes that have been committed in some of the homes in the Islamic community are not supported by the Holy Quran or the valid Ahadith (life sayings and teachings of Prophet Muhammad) and are not the norm. These are learned behaviours that have nothing to do with religious teachings or practices.
On February 13, we are asking you to participate with women around the world in speaking out against domestic abuse. As a Muslim community, lets support this cause and protect what is sacred to our religion and human rights. Wear your purple hijab proudly as you take on this mission of continuing the education of domestic violence to your own communities.