France’s Jessica Houara


This article, co-authored by Laurent Dubois (@soccerpolitics) and MMW's Shireen Ahmed, previously appeared in Sports Illustrated. A recent special issue of the French Surface Football Magazine includes this portrait of national team player Jessica Houara-d’Hommeaux. The photograph is an invitation, even an incitement. In contemporary France, the discussion about and policing of what Muslim women do and don’t wear is a national obsession, one of the most electric and illuminating debates in the … [Read more...]

Right 2 Wear: Muslim Women in Sports

The world of hijabs and soccer (or football, if you prefer) has been making the news a lot lately.  As you might remember, FIFA recently banned the Iranian women's team from playing, because of their headscarves.  Jordan's team has also recently been banned for the same reason.  And in the Montreal area, 15-year-old Sarah Benkirane was recently prevented from refereeing soccer games while wearing hijab.Muslimah Media Watch is joining up with a new campaign called Right 2 Wear, in support of th … [Read more...]