June 2015

UCB welcomes Voices of the Hijab

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The university opened its doors to Voices of the Hijab – an exhibition and road show that raises awareness of heritage, the Hijab and contemporary issues affecting young people. 

UCB students and lecturers attended the exhibition, delivered by the Hijab Planning Group, to engage with one another and share thoughts on a variety of subjects, such as why women wear a Hijab, how they are currently portrayed in the media and how society perceives them locally and nationally. 

The group drew on the stories and views of Muslim and non-Muslim women in the UK to challenge stereotyping and negativity and empower young people to raise their voices and become more active within their community. 

An emotional and thought-provoking video was shown to highlight the changes in society’s attitude to Islamic minorities after 9/11 and the impact that it had on young Muslims living in the UK.  

Spaces like these break down religious perceptions and examine how they have changed and evolved over time. It’s a good opportunity for students to voice their opinion and share their personal experiences. Voices of the Hijab is all about creating a positive atmosphere by celebrating achievements and focusing on similarities rather than differences.

Colette Foley, Programme Manager for Early Years Education at UCB

Through practical workshop activities and discussion, Voices of the Hijab aims to bring together young people from different faiths and backgrounds to create dialogue, break down barriers and creative positive relationships to develop a strong sense of community. 

The road show exhibition will be re-visiting the university at the end of September.

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