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5 years ago

Competitve Jiu-Jitsu Fighters Proudly Wear Hijabs

Iris
Iris
Yara and Nancy Helmy were new to the US, and in grade school, when 9/11 happened. Like many Muslim-Americans at the time, they suddenly felt like enemies in their own country, and grew up fearful for their safety. As adults, the two are now competitive jiu-jitsu fighters and proudly train in their hijabs. The Helmy sisters tell us about the stereotypes that come with being Muslim women in the United States, how their training has helped them to feel more safe, and the many ways they kick butt.