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New Zealand School Bans Muslim Students From Wearing Hijab

“All parents sign up to the uniform policies when they join the school,” the principal defended.

A private school in New Zealand recently become the center of controversy after banning hijabs among their Muslim students. According to reports, the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland has allegedly told Muslim pupils that wearing headscarves a not allowed.

Heather McRae, principal of the school, had to. Issue a statement wherein she clarified that while the school celebrated diversity, their policy on uniforms “create a sense of oneness and family” and “ensure the Diocesan identity is upheld.”

So yes, no policy changes will be implemented anytime soon, confirmed the principal. In fact, she pointed out that she expects the school staff to be firm in implementing the rules.

McRae added:

“No wearing of jewelry or nail polish, skirt length, a requirement to tie back long hair and wear the school blazer outside school grounds, shoe styles and so on.

“All parents sign up to the uniform policies when they join the school.”

Meanwhile, a staff member of the school (who refused to be identified) shared that two inquiring Muslim girls were told that wearing hijab was against existing school policy. The teacher also said, “there was just silence [by the teachers]. I got the feeling that people were shocked this was a thing.”

Netizens have since been divided about their opinions on the subject since the story went viral on social media.

Eventually, a school spokeswoman issued a statement to address the issue, saying:


“The hijab has never been banned at Diocesan. It is simply not part of the long standing school uniform code and there has never been a formal request from a family to have changes made to include it.”

According to a New Zealand Herald report, the ban on hijabs may be a possible violation of the Human Rights Act and the New Zealand Bill of Rights.

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Measles Brought Back To Costa Rica By Unvaccinated French Tourist

The health ministry is currently scrambling to find people who may have been infected by the young boy.

Five years ago, Costa Rica declared that it is free of measles. However, it only took one unvaccinated young tourist to bring the disease back to the country. A young French boy visiting with his family is the first case of the disease in Costa Rica since 2014.

The unnamed boy reportedly arrived in Costa Rica on February 18. He and his mother have not received the MMR vaccine when they arrived in the country. According to reports, the five-year-old was taken by his parents to a private doctor complaining about a "rash." However, it was later revealed that other children who had attended the boy's school in France have come down with measles. This means the child may have already been infected by the time he reached Costa Rica.

The boy may have been infected in his school in France because he was not vaccinated.

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Saudi Government App That Tracks Women’s Movement Available for Free on iOS and Android

The Absher app allows men to track a female’s travels and more.

Women already have a hard time doing anything in Saudi Arabia. For instance, they aren't allowed to be seen in public without a male escort. However, men have found a new way to make sure that their female relatives will not be able to do anything without being recorded. A new application that tracks a woman's every move is currently being hosted by Apple and Google.

The app called Absher actually serves as an e-government and e-services portal. It makes requesting a passport, birth certificate, vehicle registration, or other documentation much easier. However, the Saudi Interior Ministry-designed app has also been revealed to be used by men to restrict women from crossing borders. In addition to that, men are allowed to restrict a woman's travel options.

Absher is free and readily available both on iOS and Android.

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New Jersey Officially Adds ‘Gender-Neutral’ Option To Birth Certificates

Parents can now register their newborns as “male, female, or undesignated/nonbinary.”

In a move that has since gained a lot of public reaction, New Jersey has recently introduced a gender-neutral option to birth certificates. According to reports, the new law officially starts getting implemented February 1 and so parents now have the choice to register their newborns as male, female, or undesignated/nonbinary.

Apparently, New Jersey isn't even the first state in the United States to introduce such a change as it joins California, Oregon, Washington, and New York City. The new bill aims to expand on the state's transgender rights.

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