|Re: Cohousing-L digest, Vol 1 #698 - 10 msgs||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Thea Calzoni (tcalzonimcm.org.au)|
|Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 17:13:04 -0700 (MST)|
Headscarf Day to support Muslim women As the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahatir Mohammed, told his ASEAN colleagues that Muslims, especially women, were not safe in Australia, a national day of solidarity with Muslim women and a protest against racially motivated attacks on Muslim women in Australian cities is being organised for November 29 by a Jewish woman who lives in the Canberra suburb of Lyneham. On Friday, November 29 Australian women are invited to wear a headscarf in public for the day. Avigail Abarbanel, who is President of the Australian National Network of Counsellors and a practising psychotherapist- counsellor, says, "I am a Jewish woman, a former Israeli and an Australian citizen. I have decided to organise Headscarf Day because, with my background, I simply cannot sit by and watch while Muslim people and women in particular are becoming the target of racism. "You do not need to change your attire, there is no rally to attend, no petitions to sign. It's easy. Dress as usual, put a scarf over your head and go about your day. Any scarf will do" Ms Abarbanel says, "Headscarf Day is in solidarity with our Muslim sisters who have been the target of racially motivated attacks in Sydney recently. Traditional Muslim women are an easy target because their traditional dress makes them visible. Let us make them feel that they belong, and that they are protected, by helping them blend in. And let us send a message to the racist thugs who attack them that their behaviour is unacceptable. Men are also invited to join us by wearing some form of traditional Muslim head dress". She said that ASIO's raids on Muslim homes were giving legitimacy to racist attacks on Muslims, and helping to create a culture of 'us and them' in Australia. Thea Calzoni Northern Parent Support Program _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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