716 hijabis form human power button in celebration of World Hijab Day
Cotabato City (04 February 2015) – More than 700 women donned in hijab formed a human power button on Sunday, 01 February, in Marawi City in a bid to set a new world record and mark the celebration of the 2015 World Hijab Day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Sittie Jehanne Mutin, chairperson of ARMM’s Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW), said the event was aimed at helping “draw attention to the need for women to participate in the political and economic development of the Bangsamoro” and promote women empowerment in the region.
The World Hijab Day is celebrated every 1st of February to amplify the message of religious tolerance and understanding.
Mutin said the human power button formation of 716 women in hijab in Marawi City signified how empowered Moro women are, especially those who don the hijab amid divided opinions and perceptions on the matter.
The women, which included non-Muslims and non-hijabis, also took part in a 30-minute walk from the streets of Banggolo to the Lanao del Sur provincial gymnasium located in the city.
The celebration carried the theme Hijab WALK, which stands for Women’s Access to Livelihood ay isang Karapatan sa ARMM. “It is our way of emphasizing women’s right to livelihood, development, justice and empowerment,” said Mutin.
The human power button formation of 716 women qualifies the region to beat a world record set by Canada with 364 participants. During the formation, the participants showed the hand peace sign to suggest hijab power for peace.
“Lanao del Sur will get recognition, the Maranao will also be recognized for their discipline. Nakita niyo naman kanina ang pag form nila. At the same time this will show the significance of the hijab,” said Arnold Garbanzos, Guiness Book of World Records consultant.
The event was supported by ARMM’s Department of Tourism (DOT-ARMM), Regional Commission on Human Rights (RHRC-ARMM) and the Provincial Capitol Office of Lanao del Sur. (Bureau of Public Information)