The event was organised to raise awareness and to break stereotypes that surround Muslim women and to address misconceptions associated with them
As part of an ongoing project two BA students in Religious Studies are putting on an event for World Hijab Day on Friday (1 February).
World Hijab Day is an annual global event set up by New Yorker Nazma Khan in 2013 in order to fight prejudice and discrimination against Muslim women. It is marked by events in countries all over the world.
This will be the second World Hijab Day at WIT after a hugely successful event in 2017. This year’s event is being organised and run by two third year religious studies/theology students from the Bachelors of Arts degree – Sarah Syeda (an Irish Muslim woman) and Katiemarie Lynch.
At 10.15am there will be talks in room FTG15:
- Stephanie Hanlon (United Against Racism Ireland)
- Muslim feminist and academic Dr. Rachel Woodlock
- Local Muslim businesswoman, photographer Bara Alich
This will be followed by a hijab display and opportunity to chat to local Muslim women who will have a stall in the main atrium. There will be an assortment of hijabs on display and the Muslim women will show anyone interested in trying on a hijab how to wear it and some of the different styles available.
Dr. Rachel Woodlock is an academic, writer and Muslim feminist with a special interest in the experiences of Muslims in Western societies. She is originally from Australia and is a convert to Islam from the Baha’i faith. She now lives near Clonmel with her Tipperary husband and their daughter. She has worked in Melbourne University and at Monash University in Australia. As well as her academic work, Rachel has written and spoken widely in the media including for The Guardian and The Age. She co-wrote For God’s Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion (PanMacmillan, 2013) and her latest book is Fear of Muslims? International Perspectives on Islamophobia, co-edited with Professor Douglas Pratt (Springer, 2016). Living in rural Ireland Rachel says she ‘has discovered the delights of grinder bread, hurling and the sweet smell of silage’.
Bara Alich is originally from the Czech Republic and converted to Islam eight years ago. She has been living in Ireland for the last ten years where she is married with three children. Bara runs a successful photography boutique studio called Bara Alich Photography and she specialises in women’s portraiture. She will speak about life in Ireland as a Muslim businesswoman who wears the hijab and will outline some of the challenges she has faced over the years.