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This Guy Crowdsourced Illustrations From Around The World To Break Stereotypes About The Hijab

After meeting a Syrian girl who got called a terrorist for wearing a hijab, Mumbai's Deepak Ramola decided to help demolish the stereotype.

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This is Mumbai-based educator, Deepak Ramola.

On September 23, he started a series called #UnderTheHijab after an interaction he had with a Syrian woman named Sarah in Hamburg who was called a terrorist by a bystander for wearing a hijab.
Deepak Ramola

On September 23, he started a series called #UnderTheHijab after an interaction he had with a Syrian woman named Sarah in Hamburg who was called a terrorist by a bystander for wearing a hijab.

Moved by her story, he uploaded this image as the first in the series with the caption, "#UnderTheHijab is an incredible identity". This series invites artists to make illustrations to help break stereotypes surrounding the hijab.

"As an educator and a human being, I don't want young minds to form hateful impressions of hijab-clad girls and women. The only way I know one can help change this perspective is using art. Art in its very core has the power of mass revolution and changing mindsets," Ramola said in his post.
Deepak Ramola

"As an educator and a human being, I don't want young minds to form hateful impressions of hijab-clad girls and women. The only way I know one can help change this perspective is using art. Art in its very core has the power of mass revolution and changing mindsets," Ramola said in his post.

Soon enough, more illustrations poured in from all over the world with captions prefaced with “#UnderTheHijab is…". Here are some of them:

"#UnderTheHijab is power."

Sadhna Prasad

"#UnderTheHijab is you and me."

Advithi Emmi

"#UnderTheHijab is belief."

Arjun Paul

"#UnderTheHijab is contemporary and forever."

Mohna Singh

"#UnderTheHijab is playfulness."

Chithkala Ramesh

"#UnderTheHijab is tenderness."

Shilpa Pramesh

"#UnderTheHijab is a personality."

Josh Worall

"#UnderTheHijab is the universe of diversity."

Laila Waziralli

"#UnderTheHijab is us. It could be one of us, and still do everything."

Naquiyah Attarwala

"#UnderTheHijab is an innocent soul and the nurturer of mankind."

Sneha Nautiyal

"#UnderTheHijab is endurance."

Poornima Sukumar

"#UnderTheHijab is beauty inside and out."

Noreen Lalimamode

"#UnderTheHijab is dignity."

Ajaz Siddiqui

"I am a thousand splendid suns #UnderTheHijab."

Apoorva Bakshi

"#UnderTheHijab is 'the modesty of a woman'."

Prateeti Varma

"#UnderTheHijab is a free spirit."

Sandhyashri Venugopal

You can see the whole album here.

If you would like to participate in the series, create an artwork. Post it using #UnderTheHijab on Facebook and tag two friends to take the challenge forward.