Member’s of Ghana’s Muslim community are pushing for a new law that would prohibit and prescribe punishment for public officials who discriminate against women and girls who wear hijabs or headscarfs.
This follows reported incidents of discrimination against some Muslim women at work and in schools.
This latest incident comes after a invigilator for the West African Examinations Council asked a candidate to remove her hijab before sitting her exams.
Thousands of Muslims staged protests on Saturday in key cities across the country to push for an end to discrimination.
Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, the spokesperson for Ghana’s chief Imam, said public officials who discriminate against Muslims must “suffer sanctions, adding:
Muslim youth have also started a social media campaign using the hashtag #HijabIsAnIdentity calling for the end to discrimination.
Ghana is officially a secular country and the constitution prohibits all forms of discrimination.
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