CAIRO - Breaking down stereotypes and assumptions around Muslim women in Ireland, a new drama would be staged next year in Dublin to submit personal and true stories of successful veiled Muslim women.
"Over 49,000 Muslims now call Ireland home. They are playing a positive role in our society and are active in every part of Irish life, Denise Charlton, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said in a statement published on the council's website on Monday, November 26.
The aim of this production is to reflect that reality and to breakdown misconceptions which people may have about the Muslim community.
The drama, entitled the 'Hijabi Monologues', will take to the stage in the Axis Theatre in Ballymun, Dublin, in the new year.
Preparing the Dublin performance, Muslim women were invited to submit storylines for a new theatre production.
It is hoped the play will break down stereotypes about the Muslim community.
We are now asking women, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, those who wear the hijab and those who do not to come forward and tell us their stories, Charlton added.
We believe they will offer experiences which women of other faiths and of no faith will relate to.
It is these experiences which will define 'Hijabi Monologues' in Ireland and hopefully provide a platform for Ireland to explore issues which have caused division and conflict in other parts of Europe."
Ireland is home to some 50,000 Muslims, making up about 1 percent of the total population.
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one's affiliations.
Shifting the focus from hijab, the theatrical performance would be shedding light on the effect successful Muslim women have in the Irish society.
Through the 'Hijabi Monologues' we want to shift the focus away from the headscarf and instead focus on the women who make up the diverse Irish Muslim community Charlton, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said.
We will reflect their wide-ranging views on faith, education, class, Irish life and many other areas.
The production - supported by the Immigrant Council and the British Council - is based on the successful 'Hijabi Monologues' already successful in the US over the past 6 years.
We are proud to have brought 'Hijabi Monologues' to Ireland and to be developing it further with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Liz McBain of the British Council said.
We are especially pleased to help make connections between community groups and arts organizations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK," she added.