In celebration of World
Hijab Day, Women of Toledo, WoT, will hold a Panel Forum,
Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 5:00 -7:30 p.m. at the West
Toledo Public Library, Sylvania Ave., Toledo. Community
Partners for this event include: The Toledo/Lucas Co. Public
Library and Welcome TLC (Toledo Lucas County). The event is
free and open to the public.
As part of WoT’s
Educational Initiatives Success Series. Women in Hijab,
offers community based knowledge, stories and information
about local leaders overcoming their barriers and challenges
in life. This panel discussion and presentation around
hijab will promote a greater understanding of Muslims and
the Islamic faith. Hijab is a head covering worn by many
Muslim women. Wearing hijab in our community means declaring
ones religion to people who may or may not understand. The
topic of Islam is laden with misunderstanding and
stereotyping. Through this engaging panel event, with the
help of Muslim scholars and women leaders as panelists, our
attendees will hear how far society has come, and needs to
go, in offering equal, unbiased education, job, housing,
legal or other opportunities when Muslim women live their
religion out loud by wearing hijab.
Featured panelist: Zarinah
El-Amin Naeem, Founder of: Beautifully Wrapped, a Michigan
based anthropologist who blended her love for Head wrapping
with her love of culture and the world.
Zobaida Falah is a
pioneering social entrepreneur who integrates social needs
into market sustainable business practice.
Asma M. Abdel Halim, PhD,
is associate professor at the University of Toledo,
Department of Women's and Gender Studies.
Mother and Daughter:
Yolanda Melendez and SyneneMaria Abukaram. Yolanda hails
from the island of Puerto Rico and was raised in a proud
military family. SyneneMaria is a college sophomore.
This event made possible
through Fund for Islamic Understanding, Education and Dialog
of the Toledo Community Foundation. Contact Nina Corder,