Seventy women expressed solidarity and understating with hijabis during the 'hijab for a day' event, which took place on Wednesday at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. 

The initiative, which invited women to dress in hijab and ask questions with regards to the practice, aimed to challenge stereotypes surrounding hijabis in day-to-day life. 

A box of colorful hijabs was made available for women to pick up and try. 

"There's a lot of myths and false things that go around about what a hijab means. We should understand other women's choices," said Dara Campbell, one of the women who participated in the event, according to CBC.

Many people, especially with the rise in Islamophobia, believe that the hijab is a symbol of oppression. These women wanted to break that stereotype with this event. 

"It's a choice. It's a symbol of free expression," one of the students said.

"The hijab is a state of modesty, it's not just a scarf or a piece of cloth"

Some people took to social media to point out that "solidarity is more than just wearing the hijab for a day." 

However, the event's main aim was to encourage people to ask questions about certain things the media usually fails to portray. 

It also wanted to tackle the rise in discrimination against hijabis in foreign countries. 

"When you wear the hijab you're clearly, visibly a Muslim, and therefore in cases of hate crimes … often Muslim women who wear the hijab are most vulnerable to attacks," said CBC's Nadia Kidwai. 

This wouldn't be the first 'hijab for a day' initiative. 

In fact, every year - in honor of World Hijab Day in February - women in the U.S. are invited to wear the hijab in solidarity with those who are discriminated against for choosing to wear the headscarf. 

The founder of World Hijab Day, Nazma Khan created the event to raise awareness on what it really means to wear a hijab, in hopes of reducing the discrimination. 

"The best way to understand someone's pain or joy is to walk in their shoes for a moment," she said.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, 69 percent of women who wear the hijab reported at least one incident of discrimination compared to 29 percent of women who did not wear the hijab. 

According to a Commons report, Muslim women who wear the headscarf have been heavily discriminated against in the workplace because of it.