Hervey Bay Independent : 29th January 2015
Women unite in hijab There is a difference The Muslim women of Hervey Bay hope to foster a greater understanding of why they choose to wear the hijab by participating in a world-wide event called World Hijab Day. They invite everyone – men and women – to join them on Saturday, January 31, at Mary Ryan Bookstore in Central Avenue shopping village to ask any questions on their mind about Islam. Maryam Saeed, Aisha Abdelhat and Bushra Faisal moved to Australia with their husbands within the last fi ve years and say they have experienced no negativity from Fraser Coast residents. They plan to take the opportunity to introduce themselves to the community and help people familiarise themselves with their customs. “Less than 20 per cent of Muslim women wear a hijab,” Maryam Saeed said. “Whether they wear it or not depends on their level of faith and what they feel they need to wear to dress modestly.” World Hijab Day Hijab, niqab, burka - there are lots of different kinds of coverings worn by Muslim women all over the world. Some wear a headscarf to cover their head and hair, while others wear a burka or niqab, which also covers their face. Hijab is an Arabic word meaning cover or curtain. It also has a wider meaning like modesty, morality, and privacy. Maryam Saeed, Barbara Poley, Aisha Abdelhat and Bushra Faisal choose to wear hijabs for personal and religious reasons. They are looking forward to connecting with their community on World Hijab Day this Saturday, January 31. was the idea of New Yorker, Nazma Khan, whose main aim was to encourage non-Muslim women (or even Muslim women who do not ordinarily wear one) to try on a hijab to see how it looks and feels to wear one. The day is a great opportunity for the nonMuslim community to learn about Islamic culture and get accurate information to counteract negative opinions about why Muslim women choose to wear the hijab. Fraser Coast’s World Hijab Day organiser, Barbara Poley, said there were many misconceptions about Islam fl oating around the community. “We have chosen to support World Hijab Day to help Hervey Bay grow into a peaceful and tolerant community,” she said. “For many people, the hijab is a symbol of oppression and segregation. But in fact it is just part of the way that Muslim women choose to dress modestly. This helps them to be judged on their character, not on their looks.” Fraser Coast residents are invited to walk in the shoes of Muslim women this Saturday as Hervey Bay observes World Hijab Day for the fi rst time. World Hijab Day will take place at Mary Ryan Bookstore at Central Avenue, Hervey Bay on Saturday, January 31, from 9am-3pm. Bay children offered best start Torquay Kids Early Learning Centre has once again been nominated in this year’s Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards. Kathleen Hogan (Director of the Year), Kathleen Lemin (Educator of the Year) and Tamara Gossip (Educator of the Year and Rising Star) have each been nominated for this year’s awards. The Centre was a fi nalist in last year’s awards for Early Childhood Service of the Year and Early Childhood Educator of the Year categories. Following this year’s nominations by a member (or members) of the public, the centre completed a lengthy submission form, addressing questions that refl ected the centre’s approach to the children’s wellbeing, program philosophies, community interaction and partnerships with families. Each nomination will be reviewed by the judging panel to determine the Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards fi nalists on May 6. Each fi nalist is expected to demonstrate their achievements in practice and commitment to fi ve key areas aligned with the Federal Government-mandated professional standards for children’s services. These fi ve areas are: improving the wellbeing of the children, improving the children’s program, improving the early childhood service, ongoing professional learning and development and improving inclusive interactions and partnerships with families. The judging panel will reveal the state winners on June 5. “If we stop to think how often we say thanks to those caring for our kids every day, do we say it enough?” Judging chairman and Australian Family managing director, Paul Clancy said. “Most likely not enough as we are caught up dropping off and picking up our kids as we rush about our lives.” Nominations are open at www. earlyeducationandcareawards. com.au and close at midnight, April 12. We know... 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A burqa is a loose dress that covers the whole body from the head to the foot. It is worn over the normal dress when out of the home, and is taken off on return. There is a face veil stitched to the topside of the headscarf of the burqa that the women can lift.
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