A British company has launched a variety of hijabs planned specifically for female lawyers to wear in courts.
According to the details, both in black and white colour, the hijabs will analyse a major issue faced solely by female Muslim advocates.
The designers said they could also help inspire more young Muslim women to join the legal profession.
“I think people aspire to be what they can see,” Karlia Lykourgou, a barrister and founder of the British company said.
“To keep encouraging diversity at the bar, we have to make sure that those who don’t fit the white, male stereotype have the tools they need so other young people can see them and believe they have a place in the profession too,” she added.
“The Ivy & Normanton hijab was developed so other women could easily find a piece of clothing that expresses their identity as a Muslim and an advocate, and get on with the job.”
“I hope this will encourage other people to come to the bar and not feel like it’s a place where they wouldn’t fit in,” she added.
A barrister at London’s Doughty Street Chambers said in this regard: “Women now make up almost 50% of the bar, and the diversity stats are slowly improving as people wake up to the multiple layers of discrimination women face in their professional careers.”
She added, “I’m regularly approached by Muslim women worried that they’d never be accepted in what they perceive to be a very stuffy white male profession. To them I say, ‘Carve out your space. Make it work for you.”