Humairah Jassat

Founder: Pink Hijab Day

When Humairah Jassat was in Grade 11 she realised that a significant number of women in her community, Azaadville, south of Johannesburg, had died of breast cancer in recent years. To raise awareness, she asked the principal of her Muslim school to allow the girls to wear pink hijabs on a specific date. When she got permission she called all the Muslim schools in the country, asking them to do the same. And so began Pink Hijab Day. Women who wear pink scarves are also asked to donate R2 to the Cancer Association of SA. For this initiative 20-year-old Jassat won the 2010 African Leadership Academy Innovation Prize. She is currently studying journalism at Varsity College and hosts a radio show, Women's Weekly, on Radio Islam every Tuesday, focusing on women's rights and empowerment. �Ilham Rawoot

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