You can think of the Hijab in a variety of ways.
1. There's the straight Koranic origin for making women cover up. So they are recognized as Muslim women and Muslim men know not to rape them.
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies that they may thus be distinguished and not molested.” (Koran 33:59)
One Koranic commentary is quite explicit. “It is more likely that this way they may be recognized (as pious, free women), and may not be hurt (considered by mistake as roving slave girls.)” The Yazidi girls captured and raped by ISIS are an example of “roving slave girls” who can be assaulted by Muslim men.
Muslim rapists and their clerics have utilized the "She wasn't wearing a Hijab" defense in contemporary times in Western nations. Most notably in the Sydney gang rape case.
Australia’s Grand Mufti, the infamous Sheikh Hilaly, had said, in response to a Muslim gang rape case, that in sexual matters, “it's 90 per cent the women's responsibility.”
Then the Grand Mufti went on to compare rape victims to uncovered meat. “If you take uncovered meat and put it on the street, on the pavement, in a garden, in a park or in the backyard, without a cover and the cats eat it, is it the fault of the cat or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem.”
“If the woman is in her boudoir, in her house and if she's wearing the veil and if she shows modesty, disasters don't happen.”
Wear a Hijab or get raped. It's a simple Islamic message.
2. The coverings are a kind of mobile Purdah. A symbolic segregation that allows the woman to leave the house, instead of being confined to her room or the kitchen, but in which she is still segregated through the cloak or the veil.
3. Iran has its own wrinkle on the Hijab. And we are not just talking style or name. But the conviction that women's hair emits "sexual rays". This led to issues with airplanes flying over women who might have uncovered hair, even if the men couldn't see them, because the rays might be able to penetrate aircraft.
I'm not sure which of these scenarios left-wing feminists legitimize by donning the Hijab. But here, via UN Watch, is the feminist Swedish government doing the Hijab thing.
UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights NGO in Geneva, expressed disappointment that Sweden’s self-declared “first feminist government in the world” sacrificed its principles and betrayed the rights of Iranian women as Trade Minister Ann Linde and other female members walked before Iranian President Rouhani on Saturday wearing Hijabs, Chadors, and long coats, in deference to Iran’s oppressive and unjust modesty laws which make the Hijab compulsory — despite Stockholm’s promise to promote “a gender equality perspective” internationally, and to adopt a “feminist foreign policy” in which “equality between women and men is a fundamental aim.”
In doing so, Sweden’s female leaders ignored the recent appeal by Iranian women’s right activist Masih Alinejad who urged Europeans female politicians “to stand for their own dignity” and to refuse to kowtow to the compulsory Hijab while visiting Iran.
There is no feminist foreign policy. What is dubbed feminism is usually just left-wing politics marketed to women. The same is true across a range of identity politics. And the left is allied with Islam. Against women.