Kiwis of all faiths don headscarves as they pay their respects to the 50 Muslims killed in the Christchurch mosque massacre
- Thousands of Kiwis have donned headscarves in memory of 50 victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack
- Headscarf for Harmony movement came to life across the country in an united display of solidarity on Friday
- Thousands across the country proudly wore colourful hijabs at work, home and out in the community
Thousands of women across New Zealand have put religious differences aside and proudly donned hijabs in memory of the 50 victims killed in last week’s terrorist attack in Christchurch.
The Headscarf for Harmony movement came to life across the country in an united display of solidarity on Friday, one week on since the devastating tragedy.
The social media campaign has grown momentum in recent days, which encouraged non-Muslim women to wear headscarves for a day under the hashtag #headscarfforharmony in a pledge of support to the Muslim community in the wake of the mass shooting which killed dozens of worshippers at two mosques.
Men were also invited to join the widespread movement.
Hundreds of Christchurch women donned hijabs as part of Friday’s Headscarf for Harmony movement across New Zealand
The Headscarf for Harmony movement came to life across Christchurch on Friday, one week on from the devastating tragedy
A St. John of God paramedic proudly donned a hijab as she stood in solidarity with the Muslim community
The ‘Wear a Headscarf Friday’ group was aimed at women in Christchurch and was supported by the New Zealand Muslim Association.
‘Many Muslim women in Christchurch are feeling too afraid to wear their headscarves (hijab). Women, Let’s show our solidarity by wearing one this this Friday,’ the Wear a Headscarf Friday Facebook page states.
There were hundreds of colourful hijabs among the thousands of mourners who gathered at Hagley Park in front of the Al Noor mosque, where many of the victims died.
A Muslim call to prayer was broadcast nationally at 1.30pm, followed by two minutes of silence.
Hundreds of headscarves were seen among the thousands of mourners who gathered in Hagley Park to remember the victims
Many mourners wore headscarves in an united show of solidarity and support to the Muslim community in Christchurch
Christchurch wasn’t the only community to embrace the Headscarf for Harmony movement.
Hundreds of women across New Zealand have posted photos of themselves proudly wearing hijab at work, home and out in the community on the Wear a Headscarf Friday Facebook page and on other social media platforms.
‘Scarfed up at Eastgate, in solidarity with people everywhere who should be able to feel safe in public regardless of how they’re dressed or what religion they are,’ one woman posted.
The headscarfforharmony began after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a black headscarf while meeting and comforting relatives of killed and injured victims a day following the tragedy.
While aimed at Christchurch women, it wasn’t the only New Zealand city to embrace the Headscarf for Harmony movement
The headscarf movement was supported by the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand and the NZ Muslim Association
Hundreds of women across New Zealand of all faiths proudly donned the hijab at work, home and out in the community