In-depth feature on three Arab Muslim women reaching competitive sporting heights, defying the hardships of being Muslim and wearing hijab to achieve their goals.
First published in The Iranian on 23 May 2017:
In the last few years sports brand Nike has reached out to Muslim women and women from the Middle East, rounded off with the release of the Nike Pro Hijab. And while it has received mixed responses, its impact in opening access to sport may be much wider than first thought.
Muslim women have been having a very difficult time determining themselves as professional sports women – breaking down cultural barriers, finding the capability to train and fighting prejudice against their hijab. Now in the wake of a possible sea change as the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) revise their rules on wearing headscarves during games, The Iranian speaks to three women and their civil society allies on the obstacles facing Arab women who wear the hijab in sport.