Australian women wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslim community

AusHijab2For one week, Kate Leaney – a Christian woman – has donned a scarf on her head in the Islamic tradition.

It’s not because she’s trying stay warm – rather, she’s trying to warm the hearts of others.

The refugee advocate is showing support for her many Muslim friends who she fears are increasingly being targeted because of their appearance.

“Friends who’ve worn the hijab for years and years… feeling scared to do that in public because that was a really visible display of their Muslim faith,” she says.

Ms Leaney says it broke her heart to see her friends feeling fear in a country like Australia where she says no one should feel afraid to show their faith or go out in public.

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