Muslim woman becomes first New Zealand police officer to wear hijab
Zeena Ali hopes to inspire other Muslim women to join the police following her ground-breaking feats.
Zeena Ali has had two reasons to celebrate this week.
Firstly, the 30-year-old has graduated as a police officer and to cap her achievement, she will become the first person in New Zealand to wear a police-issued hijab as part of her uniform.
Ali told the New Zealand Herald about her pride at being able to respect her faith while working and said she had even helped design her hijab, offering recommendations and improvements where necessary.
"It feels great to be able to go out and show the New Zealand Police hijab as part of my uniform," she said.
Following the Christchurch attack, Zeena Ali was inspired to join the police force. Now she is the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab as part of the official uniform.— Islam Channel (@Islamchannel) November 12, 2020
She also helped design it
#Hijab #Police #NewZealand #Christchurch pic.twitter.com/9eo7xCB7a2
"I think that seeing it, more Muslim women will want to join as well."
Ali had been working in customer service, but was inspired to join the police by the tragedy of the Christchurch mosque shootings of March 2019.
Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant killed 51 people and injured 40 at consecutive shootings at two mosques in the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand.
“The Christchurch terror attack happened and that's when I realised more Muslim women were needed in the police, to go and support people with things like this,” said Ali, who was born in Fiji but who moved to New Zealand with her family as a child.
"If I had joined the police earlier I would have been down there to help."
She said she was proud to represent the Muslim community - particularly women - and hoped to inspire others to join the police and help ensure diversity in the force.
Ali feels that some women may previously not have considered joining the police because they would have been unsure how the job would incorporate their religion or culture.
New infections are still rising at record pace in the world’s... READ MORE
The violence around east Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque compound... READ MORE
Of all the 11 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant which was first detected... READ MORE
Whoever sees the moon with the naked eye or through binoculars has... READ MORE
The decree was issued on Saturday. READ MORE
More than 46.8 million tests have been conducted across the UAE to... READ MORE
The move is to ensure compliance with all standards and regulations... READ MORE
This is not the first time the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince has personally... READ MORE