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Under Our Hats

June 26, 2011 – 10:16 amOne Comment

Muslim, Jewish & Sikh women talk about fashion, faith and how it feels to look different.

Here’s a press release about an event that readers  (especially those in Melbourne) might find interesting:

Finding the perfect scarf to match an outfit is one challenge. Racist abuse is another.  Then there’s the question of safety if you happen to be a kick-boxer.

Women who wear head-coverings for religious reasons are among the most visibly different people in Australian society.

But Muslims who wear hijab, religious Jewish women who cover their hair with wigs and Sikhs who don a modesty scarf are finding unexpected allies in one another.

Minority women will about fashion, faith and how it feels to look different  at a special event entitled Under Our Hats in Melbourne later this month.

Syafiqah Khan , a young Muslim woman, has begun wearing a hijab regularly only recently – but she still takes it off for safety when competing as a kick-boxer.

Sheiny New, an Orthodox Jewish woman, never goes out without her “sheitl” , a wig she wears every day. Only her husband and children see her hair.

Jamel Khaur Singh, a Sikh woman, wears a head scarf but unlike a Sikh man – who is expected to wear his turban at all times – she can choose  when to be visible and when to slip into the crowd.

The event is being run by the Jewish anti-racism group ADC and the National Council of Jewish woman to emphasise the commonalities between women of different religions.

7.30 pm, Wednesday 29 June

Blue Room @ Multicultural Hub

Corner Victoria & Elizabeth Sts
Opposite Victoria Market

$10 adults/$5 students including a light supper.

For further information, please call ADC on 95725770 or reception@antidef.org.au

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  • leedsiy says:

    Actually it is coming back into fashion now, women wanting to be viewed as beings who are more than just objects of lust. Fashion has dictated to the masses for too long to let it hang out there. You don’t have to go to the beach to view the milk-bar mammary of all shapes and sizes jiggling down the main street of Melbourne (Sydney is far worst) and legs of skinny or mammoth proportions uncovered wandering down Flinders Street or Swanston, where ever.
    Hopefully more will take on the idea of dressing nicely and with style. Personally I think the more uncovered the human body is the more revolting it is, especially with age. The only people who should be able to expose things normally covered are babies and they do not know better.

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