OAKLAND – A Muslim mother from Oakland, Pennsylvania, is teaming up with a local community organization to launch hijab line for dolls to promote diversity and acceptance among people from early age.
“Hello Hijab will be used by both Muslims and non-Muslims so that children get used to the sight of women wearing the headscarf,” Safa Bokhari told the Huffington Post.
“The idea of kids and girls playing with the hijab and the hijab becoming something usual, I think it will make a difference in the future,” Bokhari told the newspaper.
Bokhari recalled incidents in which she faced harassment as a result of her decision to don hijab. Launching the project, the mother hopes it would be safer for her daughter to do hijab when she decides.
“It won’t be a problem for my daughter, if she wants to wear hijab, it wouldn’t be considered something strange,” she said.
To achieve her goal, Bokhari and her friend Gisele Fetterman teamed up with Pittsburgh non-profit organization For Good for the Hello Hijab initiative, which will create tiny headscarves as accessories for Barbie and other dolls.
According to the official website “Hello Hijab believes that while we may look different and have different beliefs, our similarities far outweigh our differences. We strive for a world where we all live and love together.”
The website confirms their commitment to charity with: “Hello Hijab is made in Pittsburgh, with love. 100% of proceeds support organizations that protect and honor our multicultural communities.”
“I want little girls to see their mothers in these dolls, for kids all over the world to play them. I want American kids to become familiar with hijabs,” Fetterman said.
Debuting on April 1, the scarves will be sold for US$6 each.
They will be accompanied by a card educating people about the importance of Hijab to Muslim women who decide to do it and emphasizing on the celebration of diverse choices.