Women from various religions, ethnicities and backgrounds crammed a small room for Ottawa Hijab Solidarity Day on Thursday night.

The event at City Hall attracted more than 100 people, brothers and sisters alike, to talk about the women behind the scarves.

And talk they did, no one more so than Roua Alijed, who silenced the room with a spoken word poem about the role Islamaphobia played in forming her idea of gender.

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