Hijab first in British parliament

Youth Parliament member elected to represent views of young people in their area to government.

Afp November 24, 2012

LONDON: A 16-year-old girl is thought to have become the first person to speak from the House of Commons despatch box in the British parliament while wearing a hijab, The Times newspaper reported Saturday.

Sumaiya Karim a biology, chemistry, history and maths student, was speaking as the Youth Parliament held its annual session in the lower house's chamber, where Britain's MPs gather.

Karim, from Wokingham, west of London, said: "Wearing the hijab was my own choice."

British ministers and opposition shadow ministers stand at the despatch boxes when they address the Commons.

The democratically elected Youth Parliament members, aged 11 to 18, are elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government.


Clear Black Bag | 8 years ago | Reply

"@GT:Oh really Today in Pakistan Shias are killed. Muslims killing Muslims and not to mention how non muslims are treated in Muslim majority countries" This has been your greatest ever dilemma and tragedy that always see the muslims instead of reading Islam and especially that muslims who misuse the teachings of Islam for their own negative designs/purposes and portray the whole muslims the terrorists and this is harsh reality you are denying that no any one belonging to any religions is prefect and acting upon his/her religious teachings completely,truly and practically even nonmuslims of the world.I recommend/suggest for you that you read Islam thoroughly and exactly instead of seeing the muslims and then decide what is rightful and what is wrongful and then give opinions about Islam?????

clare | 8 years ago | Reply

Reading your views is intresting I must say I have nothing hateful to say but I would like to share my opinion in this topic. Westerners are blamed all the time for hating muslims e.c.t e.c.t but in these days can you really blame them as to what is happening in pakistain pakistanis killing hazara People but Pakistanis are Muslim and the hazara community are Muslim. Then you are to say westerners are haters and raciest. Westerners are acceptfull of the future of Multi coultre but it is that massive hand full of ignorant and rude muslims that we pass In the street that look at you like you are scum and to that same subject the ones who demand to be served like kings and queens but not even a thank you is given as gratitude now can you understand why westerners are fustrated This comes from a woman born in the UK and happily married to a lovely hazara man from Pakistan who fled his community after his family was toutured because they was hazard!

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