Zeena Ali Becomes New Zealand’s First Muslim Constable to Wear a Hijab

She also helped design it.

Zeena Ali

New Zealand police has added a hijab to its uniform and constable Zeena Ali is the first officer to wear it. The news was shared by New Zealand police’s official social media handles.

“Constable Zeena Ali is New Zealand Police’s first member to wear a specially designed hijab as part of her uniform,” reads the description.

Zeena Ali also helped design it and said that she feels proud to be able to represent the Muslim community, especially women.

The 30-year-old was inspired to join the police in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack last year in which 51 people were killed at two mosques in New Zealand.

This week she will not only graduate as a police officer, but will become the first woman constable in New Zealand to don a police-issued hijab as part of her uniform.

Zeena Ali believes that the move will encourage other women to apply to the force as well.

“Having a police-branded hijab means women, who may not have previously considered policing can do so now. It’s great how the Police incorporated my religion and culture.

 


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Written by Munazza Mehmood

Writer by day, biryani enthusiast by night. Completely drowned into the world of K-pop.

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