Mum sent me some information about this event coming to Sydney – we’re booked in for the Castle Hill event, there is also one in Randwick. Having no Mulism friends, and hardly any exposure to Islamic culture and customs, I thought this would be a great introduction – especially since we’ll soon be living in a suburb where there are Arabic signs on many of the shops, a good number of mosques, and women in hijab on the streets.
I must confess that I have felt negatively towards women in hijab, and have often wondered why they choose the oppressive garment. In trying to educate myself I have learned that most women choose to don the hijab of their own free will, and see it as a positive reinforcement of their spirituality.
I would guess that my negativity is not uncommon amongst non muslim Australians (of all backgrounds), and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to educate ourselves about our neighbours.
The event My Dress, My Image, My Choice promotes greater understanding of the Islamic dress code for women and provides an opportunity for Muslim and non- Muslim women to meet over a meal, get to know each other and enjoy a parade of Muslim fashions including casual, sports, evening and bridal outfits, said Saara Sabbagh Project Manager, My Dress My Image My Choice.
Many Muslim women have described incidences of harassment or open hostility from other non-Muslim women in the street, said Saara Sabbagh and as a result, My Dress, My Image, My Choice was developed in an effort to bridge the gap between Muslim and non-Muslim women.
The womens only event has been held in many areas in Melbourne as well as country Victoria and Adelaide. The feedback has always been extremely positive and we are thrilled that it has become so popular and that we have brought it to Sydney.
The event is free, and a scrumptious meal will be provided.
Two separate events will be held in Sydney. The first on Friday August 17th from 11am till 2.30pm at the Randwick Town Hall 30 Frances Street, Randwick.
The second on Sunday August 19th from 5pm-8.30pm at the Castle Grand, cnr Pennant and Castle streets, Castle Hill. For bookings please call Sharon on 0422 346 263. Please refer to the attachment for more details.
This project is managed by the Islamic Council of Victoria.
It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
For media interviews and enquiries please call Saara Sabbagh on 04331 31667