Women across New Zealand are wearing headscarves similar to the traditional hijab worn by Muslim women in a show of support for the community a week after a terror attack targeting two mosques in Christchurch left 50 people dead.

On Friday morning, hundreds of photos of women and children wearing headscarves in solidarity with those killed in last week were posted to social media with the #HeadScarfforHarmony hashtag.

Thaya Ashman, a doctor based in Auckland, told Reuters she came up with the idea to encourage others to wear headscarves after she heard about a Muslim woman who was too afraid to wear a headscarf outside in the wake of last week’s attack.

“I wanted to say: ‘We are with you, we want you to feel at home on your own streets, we love, support and respect you’,” Ashman said.

Many Muslim women wear hijabs as an Islamic tradition to show modesty and as a sign of identity.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden also earned praise last week after she wore a black headscarf to a meeting with members of the Muslim community shortly after the massacre.

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"It is a mark of respect and I thought it was the right thing to do,” Judith Collins, the National Party member of Parliament for Papakura, a suburb in northern New Zealand, said of the show of solidarity during a speech this week, according to local reports.

Cihangir Islam, a Turkish lawmaker from an opposition Islamist party, also heaped praise on Arden at the time on Twitter, saying the prime minister says “to Muslims in pain, ‘You, you’re us!”

“She symbolically covers her head when she goes to a home for condolences; she boldly underlines her respect and solidarity,” Islam said. “How thirsty we have become for justice and mercy in state administration.”