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University Group Trying to Change Perceptions

University Group Trying to Change Perceptions



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Greg Neft, KSL Newsradio A University of Utah student group wants to dispel some myths about Muslim women.

The Muslim Students Association says there's a typical reaction when others see a woman wearing a traditional headscarf. "[Some think] they are probably forced to do it or when they wear it they're oppressed and they don't have voices," explained Maryam Mortazavi, treasurer of the Muslim Students Association.

But Mortazavi says nothing is further from the truth. "We are not oppressed. We have rights. Our voices are heard," she said.

Her group is holding an event today to try ti change peoples' perceptions. "Get to know us personally instead of the stereotypes," Mortazavi said.

Mortazavi says she wears a headscarf because she wants to. The symposium takes place at 1 p.m. at the U of U Student Union building.

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