How I Came to Love the Hijab

Heads turn as she walks into the dry cleaning store and makes her way to the end of the line, her face impassive. Black, gauzy fabric outlines her face, mirroring black eyeliner surrounding defiant eyes. Whispers start down the line. A child openly stares at her until his mother pulls him closer, breaking his gaze. … Continue reading How I Came to Love the Hijab

Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

The United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better. In 2009, when the Open Hands Initiative was founded, we wanted to create innovative platforms for ordinary citizens from across the … Continue reading Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development