International Hijab Solidarity Day is marked in Semarang.
About 300 university students from Lembaga Dakwah Kampus (LDK), or the Campus Preaching Council (LDK), marked the International Hijab Solidarity Day in Semarang, Central Java, on 4th September.
"International Hijab Solidarity Day" was declared at a conference of the Assembly for the Protection of Hijab held on July 12th, 2004, in London.
Already gotten the message.
The date of 4th September was chosen because, as protest leader Lulu Jamaliah says, that was the date in 2002 that France banned Muslim women from wearing the jilbab/hijab.
Lulu said that the rally had two specific purposes, to show that wearing the hijab was a human right and no state should prevent women from doing so, and secondly to encourage jilbab-less women to put on the head covering. For the second purpose the demonstrators gave away free hijabs to passing women, as well as flowers.