From mosque shootings to Quebec’s anti-religious symbols bill, more Muslim women are living in fear.
“Do you force her to wear that?” a waitress asked Stephanie Roy’s fiance one day, pointing at Roy’s hijab.
Roy, a convert to Islam just a few years ago, who always leaves tips at restaurants, didn’t leave one that particular day.
After years of questions like these, Roy, who is white, eventually stopped wearing the headscarf some Muslim women choose to wear.
“There was always the assumption that a brown guy forced me to convert (to Islam),” Roy said, adding that her South Asian partner isn’t even Muslim. “I took (the hijab) off because of Islamophobia worldwide and in Canada… it wasn’t worth the stress.”