Watch: Women and girls in Indonesia pressured to wear the jilbab or hijab

    Over the past two decades, women and girls in Indonesia have faced unprecedented legal and social demands to wear clothing deemed Islamic as part of broader efforts to impose the rules of Sharia, or Islamic law, in many parts of the country, says Human Rights Watch. 

    The above HRW video looks at discriminatory regulations and related social pressures on women and girls to wear the jilbab or hijab in schools, within the civil service, and at government offices. In some parts of the country, even Christian girls are pressured to wear such attire.

    The message from the video is that wearing such clothing should be a choice, not an obligation.