Friday, November 11, 2011

Brandon woman memorializes mom with ministry |

Something about those head coverings. . . . Just a nice story today. :)

"Brandon woman memorializes mom with ministry |"

HATS JR 003 "After Irene Westley died, her daughter, Juanita Westley, launched a ministry called Women of Many Hats in her memory."

By MICHELLE BEARDEN | The Tampa Tribune

Irene Westley loved hats. Hats that made bold statements. Hats that captured the imagination. She had them in a rainbow collection of colors, from the brightest to the subtlest hues, adorned with bows, feathers, buttons, flowers and festive pins. They lined the shelves in all her closets; 132 hats in all.
Her daughter Juanita once commented on her mother's passion for fashionable head coverings.
"It's not the hats you wear," Irene told her. "It's the roles you play every day."

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Egypt’s Abu Ismail: no veil is “criminal”

Egypt’s Abu Ismail tells TV host Reem Maged to cover, says no veil is “criminal” - Bikya Masr : Bikya Masr

I still believe that covering is a woman's choice. She should neither be barred from covering nor forced to cover. Interested in what others think about this point of view. Can it happen in Egypt?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Fifa appears ready to fix football's Hijab issue once and for all"
"In June this year, the Iran women's national team forfeited an Olympic qualifier after they were not allowed to wear head scarves, but will episodes like this soon become history?"

 By Niloufar Momeni at -- photo from

Will this be a proof text for others now, that hijab - literally, modesty in dress - is not merely a religious statement, and will not hamper the exercise of a sport or other activity in every day life?  Will women who wear modest clothing, including head coverings, be accepted as women who choose to dress more modestly, and not as religious nuts or subservient nobodies who quiver before tyrannical male masters?  Oh, wouldn't it be lovely?

And how interesting that it is FIFA who may be leading the way for women of the world, considering that they represent "the beautiful game"?  More power to them, and to women who actually enjoy sport. 

Actual wording, as of this state in the game:
  "In a recent seminar funded by Asian Football Development Project commission, all participants, including Fifa vice-presidents, agreed on a proposal that “Hijab is not a religious symbol or statement and rather is in abidance with culture, and discrimination and exclusiveness of players are to be avoided because of cultural costumes. While safety of Hijab should be considered a priority for Fifa, further medical studies are needed with Fifa co-ordination, in regards to aesthetic arguments and type of material.”"

Maybe women volley ball players will decide that it's okay to wear clothes now?  Well,  it's a wish... .