Barbados Association of Muslim Ladies BB
Story 13: 16 Days, 16 Stories
TW Warning: These stories contain detailed descriptions of abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, physical violence and other forms of harassment and discrimination which may be triggering.
People wrongfully think women invite harassment based on how we dress or don’t dress but even fully clothed and wearing a hijab, I’m still harassed! I love going shopping, especially browsing in Bridgetown. On this particular day, I was with my mum and we were in town strolling. We weren’t looking for anything special, just enjoying the sights and sounds. We both wear hijab and people assume this is a means of ‘protection’. However, a big ‘hard-back’ man, walking past us said disgustingly ‘I really want a young Indian girl!’. I was immediately uncomfortable. Here I was in a public place with people all around, clearly not an adult, walking with my mother yet still facing harassment.
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