I wear the hijab and I’m a judge.

Raffia Arshad, a British barrister is the first Musilm woman wearing Hijab who became judge, not only in the UK but in the whole Western world.

This is the personal and professional success of a woman who all her life dreamed of becoming a judge and who, with commitment and determination, achieved her goal, well aware of the difficulties faced by a girl belonging to a minority who wants to access university studies and pursue a successful career.

In fact, there are data that show that many Muslim girls in Europe either give up their studies in advance, enrol in university, or choose subjects that will give them a much less rewarding career. And the choices regarding their education undoubtedly have negative consequences for the future economic independence of these girls, but also for their rights’ awareness.

The story of Raffia is a positive example for all these girls, who, despite having great potential, either give up opportunities to study or are forced to take off their veils and thus give up a part of their identity.

The judicial office, when it promoted me to judge, did not know that I wore the hijab, and that I would be the first English judge to wear it”.

“at the beginning of my career I was advised to take it off on the eve of an important commitment that would change and direct my working life”. “I decided that I would wear the veil because it is important for me to accept the person for what he is; and if I had to become a different person to practice my profession, I would certainly not accept it, it is not what I want”.

It is fundamental to tell stories like Raffia’s, which can make many boys and girls understand that even those who belong to a minority have the right to realize their professional dreams and aspirations.
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