No jobs for girls wearing hijab in Canada
IN A LARGE TORONTO STORE, MS NAHEED MANGLA AND HER SISTER WERE TURNED AWAY FROM INTERVIEWS BECAUSE THEY WORE THE HIJAB
In a recent research poll surveying 32 Muslim women, more than two thirds were told they had to get rid of their hijab if they wanted a position. Most young women wearing a hijab cannot find a job in Canadam, the research shows. According to the report, these women were not allowed even to fill out an application form or present a resume.
A young woman named Naheed Mangla and her sister were turned away from an interview with a large Toronto store because they wore a hijab. The interviewing female supervisor told both sisters they had to take off their hijab if they wanted positions at the store. Both sisters replied the hijab was their religious and cultural identity. Without it, they cannot work. According to the report which polled 32 Muslim women, no less than 21 were told they have to get rid of the hijab if they wanted positions.
According to the poll, three teams, comprising two women each, were sent to 16 different establishments in order to learn what difficulties they may encounter in trying to secure a position while wearing the hijab. These women went to three fast-food outlets, five retail stores, four garment factories and four general factories. According to the survey, women wearing the hijab were treated differently. In fact, 62.5 per cent of the women, who did not wear hijab, were allowed to fill in application forms and offer their resumes. Only 12.5 per cent of women wearing the hijab, were allowed to submit applications. The report was prepared in Toronto. (Pakistan Post, 15 January 2003, Toronto, Urdu.)