Many girls who wear the hijab aspire to have a career in the police force, but there are only a few who really accomplish this dream. While several countries around the world accept the hijab as part of official police uniform, some countries forbid it and for example claim it’s contrary to the values and practices of a secular state.
Nevertheless, Muslim women who wear a hijab always have to fight all kinds of stereotypes to have a career. But the women in the pictures below prove to the world that they can be who they are and still rock their police uniform.
Policewomen in Dubai are the talk of the town as they drive some of the world’s fastest cars to go after the bad guys!
Maha Sukkar made history in November 2004, when she became the first Australian police officer to wear a hijab.
3. The United Kingdom
Jane Kemp, 28 years old, is a police officer in Manchester, UK.
“I just hope I can show it is OK for a Muslim woman to work in the police force and also change negative stereotypes about Islam.”
Donna Eljammal, a 26-year-old woman, became Sweden’s first police officer in a hijab.
Mona Tabesh is the first woman to wear a hijab in a Toronto Police Service uniform, which represents a token of assurance and a step to encourage other Muslim women to work in the police departments.
Kadra Mohamed is Minnesota’s first hijab-wearing police woman and the first Somali female officer.
Indonesian female police officers are allowed to wear their hijab while on duty since March, 2015.
Turkey has been an officially secular state without a state religion since the Turkish republic was established in 1923. However, since August 2016, female officers are allowed to wear a hijab under their caps or berets. The force said they hope the move will “encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option to reconsider.”
Wafa Muammar, 43, runs the Palestinian Civil Police Family. She is the highest-ranking female police officer in Palestine, in spite of societal pressure to give up her dream to serve the country through her work. Wafa has built a successful career in parallel, leading the way for other women in the police. She proved to many what women can achieve, even in the midst of intense conflict.
Which countries would you like to add to the list?