By Kari BowermanA girl in a pink dress is a new trend.
But in some parts of the world, pink is also the new black.
For a small percentage of girls and women, pink doesn’t seem so innocent anymore.
In the Middle East, for example, where girls and young women often feel excluded from society, the trend has become even more extreme, said Nour al-Din al-Khatib, director of research at the Al-Ahram Center for the Study of Women and Gender.
In many parts of Africa, women have been forced to wear pink clothing or even dresses that are banned by some countries.
Some girls and their parents are struggling with the choices they face.
A girl from the Gaza Strip wearing a pink hijab is seen by many people as a symbol of defiance.
A girl from Kuwait is wearing a traditional kufi (traditional dress) in public to protest the government’s policy of making it mandatory for girls to wear a veil.
A boy wearing a red turtleneck and jeans from the Syrian border town of al-Quds is seen as a kind of rebel and a symbol for those who want to see the conflict in Syria end.
The hijab and other Muslim dress are symbols of empowerment and belonging in some Muslim societies, but it is a cultural taboo in the West.
In Europe, where many countries allow girls to cover their hair and wear a headscarf, some girls have even resorted to wearing veils to avoid being judged by their peers.
A girl wearing a hijab and a traditional headscarves in Paris in 2017.
In Germany, a woman is seen wearing a black headscarve in a public square to protest against the government banning the burka in public spaces.
In Morocco, where the hijab is traditionally considered a symbol that signifies chastity and modesty, the hijab and traditional dress are banned in public.
And in Tunisia, a Muslim woman in a burka has been shot dead in a protest against President Beji Caid Essebsi’s crackdown on religious freedom.
In Saudi Arabia, a Saudi woman in an hijab is still subject to the death penalty for wearing a head scarf.
Some countries have also banned certain traditional clothing in public and prohibit the wearing of certain religious symbols.
It is important for girls and other women to know that their choices are not just limited to their choice of clothing.
Many young women have also turned to cosmetics, makeup and accessories, or even to drugs and alcohol, to escape social pressure.
In the Middle Eastern countries where girls have struggled to gain the acceptance they crave, the current trend for pink is often perceived as a sign of rebellion against a patriarchal society.
In Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, the wearing or even the wearing and display of pink is illegal.
But Saudi Arabia has also come to see pink as a way to protest a patriarchal social order that has made it a lot harder for girls in the kingdom to get a proper education.
Saudi Arabia is home to more than 20 million women and girls, and it is the only Arab country that has not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
The government has been cracking down on any social activity that might encourage girls to pursue education.
It is a policy that Saudi Arabia considers an infringement on the kingdom’s social contract with girls, said al-Lamah al-Taha, the head of the group that works on girls’ rights in Saudi Arabia.
“We are in the process of drafting legislation to prohibit the sale of cosmetics, the display of cosmetics in public, and any other forms of cultural or social interaction that could be considered an act of rebellion,” she told Al Jazeera.
“We are looking at ways to punish anyone who participates in these actions, whether through the legal system or through social media.”
The lack of social acceptance in the Middle Kingdom has forced many girls to turn to drugs or alcohol.
Some have even turned to drugs to escape the social pressures.
Al-Khairah, who has been living in Saudi city Jeddah for over a decade, was recently arrested for a crime she did not commit, she said.
I am arrested for no crime and I have no way of escaping.
I have a choice of going to prison or going to the drug scene.
I was arrested on drug charges and my only choice was to go to prison, she told the Al Jazeera Arabic news channel.
“In Jeddagah, there are three prisons: the city jail, the prison for the mentally ill and the prison where I work,” she said, referring to the three prisons in the country.
She has not been able to get out of jail since, she added.
My family is also trying to fight the social pressure I feel, she continued.
“They say, ‘We don’t care about your education, you can go back to work, we don’t want you