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‘This doesn’t encourage integration, this encourages separateness’: Local council slammed for asking non-Muslim women to wear hijabs to raise awareness and combat Islamophobia Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  • Council asks non-Muslim women to wear hijab to promote understanding
  • ‘Social experiment’ planned by Greater Dandenong council in Victoria
  • Critics say it will only create further division and ‘encourage separateness’
  • Controversy comes after ugly protests at anti-Islamic protests last week 

A local council has created controversy by asking non-Islamic women to wear hijabs in a ‘social experiment’ to increase awareness and education.

The City of Greater Dandenong Council in Victoria to wear the religious headdress for three hours today, as part of its plans to celebrate ‘National Youth Week.’ 

The event, which will also be filmed, has been designed to ‘provide awareness, insight and education’ for the community.


However, critics of the plan said it will create further division in the community, according to the Herald Sun.

‘If we’re going to have people dressing up as Muslims for three hours, why doesn’t the council encourage people to dress up as Christians,’ Institute of Public Affairs executive director John Roskam said.

Mr Roskam also said recent events prove that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, not Muslims.

‘This doesn’t encourage integration, this encourages separateness. This is not what multicultural Australia is all about,’ he said.

‘What the council should be encouraging is allowing people from any walk of life and any religion to integrate.’

Islamic Friendship Association president



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