"It’s a way of saying to men: ‘See how this feels!’ "
For me, the veil is not a personal choice in Egypt, but the result of social and religious pressure. The girls I know who wear the veil do so because of their families or to avoid being hassled in the street. I don’t see why we should always dictate what women must wear and never what men must wear. Asking guys to put on the veil, if only for the time it takes to take the photo, is a way of saying to them ‘See how this feels!”The other reason I launched this page is because society still considers women as sex objects. [83% of Egyptian women claim to have been victims of sexual harassment. Some women feel that the veil is a necessary form of protection against assault]. Many people, even on television, denounce the harassment of women in Egypt, but in my opinion this is not enough.Obviously, I have been attacked and insulted because of this Facebook page. Some Internet users have responded to me by citing verses of the Koran. I realise that this is shocking for a conservative society like ours, but I am not going to change my ideas because of that.
"Women who don’t wear the veil are not practising their religion correctly"
I condemn the wearing of the veil by men, even if it’s supposed to be humorous, because imitating women is strictly forbidden by our religion. Wearing the veil is a religious obligation. It is the duty of every Muslim woman. I work with women who don’t wear the veil, and that is their right, but I don’t think that they are practising their religion correctly.It is incorrect to say that women only wear the veil because of social pressure. There are women who wear it because of their religious conviction. But it is true that the veil is also part of our culture. Article 2 of the Egyptian Constitution stipulates that we defer to the principles of Islam. In a conservative, Muslim society I recognise that this pressure exists. In the countryside in particular, women who don’t wear the veil are looked down upon. But this is, in my opinion, the result of a lack of education. In addition, one must point out that wearing the veil does not make a woman safe from harassment in Egypt. There is a real moral crisis in our society at the moment.