Trailblazing athlete, Manal Rostom is the first to ever compete in a major race wearing a Nike Pro Hijab and also the administrator and owner of Facebook group, “Surviving Hijab,” which supports modern women who wear the hijab.
Big News Announcement : *Drum Rolls* . . Out of 6000 applications submitted to Facebook’s Community Leadership Program, last year, @survivinghijab initiative has been chosen as a Fellow where as a booming community on Facebook with over 650K women from all around the world , we will be receiving monetary support to grow and flourish even more as a Support Community of Hijab-babes around the world. . . . This is a *HUGE* moment for us as a community that strives to smash stereotypes and break glass ceilings. To every Hijabi girl who has been humiliated, denied access to restaurants, pools, hotels and denied jobs - today , this Award is for you. . . . To speak up LOUDER, STRONGER and have NO FEAR to stand up for your right. . . . Link in bio if you want to learn more about Facebook’s social empowerment to Groups and initiatives across the World. . . . Thank you @facebook for giving us a voice and for giving us a platform to express ourselves with a mere objective to change the world. . . . Massive thanks to @chrissharb & the rest of the Facebook Team for having my back throughout this process when others thought my cause was CRAZY or stupid or refused to even work with me- because of my Hijab - I mean, look at the beauty of this Remember this , ok : Everyone who refuses to support you, (or even text you back God will send down MORE POWERFUL and STRONGER entities to guide you and support you and lift you up. #ALWAYS. . . You can join our online community by joining the Facebook group if you are Female (you dont have to be muslim or covered) otherwise you can follow us on @survivinghijab . . . . Shoutout to @rayoufalhumedhi for creating this Emoji and taking it to @apple a couple years back In other news - would you like a t-shirt like this? . . #survivingHijab
She took to Instagram to announce that her 650,000 member social media platform is set to receive the Facebook Fellowship Award, “This is a *HUGE* moment for us as a community that strives to smash stereotypes and break glass ceilings. To every hijabi girl who has been humiliated, denied access to restaurants, pools, hotels and denied jobs — today, this award is for you...To speak up LOUDER, STRONGER and have NO FEAR to stand up for your right…Thank you @Facebook for giving us a voice and for giving us a platform to express ourselves with a mere objective to change the world (sic).”
Manal Rostom in Nike
Receiving the award means that “Surviving Hijab” will obtain monetary support to grow and aide more hijab-wearing women across the world. Facebook’s community leadership program was created to inspire, offer up a platform to community global leaders, and provide financial support to assist them in raising awareness for their causes. Out of 6000 applicants for the award, Manal Rostom’s initiative, “Surviving Hijab” made the cut. Supporting everything hijabi, Manal wears a t-shirt featuring the name of her Facebook group and an icon of a hijab emoji which was created by Rayouf Alhumedhi.