In Zimbabwe it is common to see a women putting on head scarves commonly known as a doeks.

Some put it on as a tradition while others are out to make a fashion statement but for the Muslim women, the headscarf referred to as the hijab is their badge of honour, defining a proper and dignified Muslim woman.

The hijab is one of the most noticeable and misunderstood badges of Muslim women.

To an outsider, putting on the headscarf everyday and every time in public is a form of oppression but according to Mrs Fatima Kandula, an Islamic preacher, she actually feels safe, proud and dignified with her head covered.

Some Muslim women believe that covering up and downplaying their physical beauty allows them to be appreciated for their mind.

According to an Islamic scholar, Sheikh Shaibu Asali, wearing the hijab is a command from God.

“It is God who commanded us to do so in the Koran,” hse said.

The Muslim women are not the only ones who give importance to covering their heads.

In the Zimbabwean set up, some cultures demand women to cover their heads in the presence of their in-laws.

In the Christian context, the Bible on 1 Corinthians 11:6 says: ‘For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.’