Dr. Reem Tariq el Mutwalli founder & CEO of The Zay Initiative, and Curator to The Women’s Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai
in collaboration with Dr. Mariam Ketait, founder of Chikara; Maryam Qayed, founder and managing director of Albaeqsha; and Mohammed Tamjid Abdullah deputy CEO of Jawhara
attain the Arabian World Record for the Biggest Burqa’
In celebration of the 50th UAE National Day, creating the World Biggest Burqa’ as a symbol of UAE Cultural Heritage.
In this era of constant mask-wearing, the similarities between a mask and a burqa’ are evident. A mask can be perceived as a form of suppression of freedom, yet it can also serve as a form of empowerment, allowing freedom of movement while protecting against the elements and infection. The burqa’ serves a similar purpose affirming that equality and empowerment of women do not look the same across the board and can be anchored in her cultural heritage and traditions.
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