From Chicago…

As a Muslim Arab American, Afaneh was inspired to design shirts to promote widespread representation of the voices of Muslim women in her community. With the loving support of friends and family, Afaneh spent hours screen printing shirts in her high school’s small art studio, producing dozens of shirts. Within a month, Rosie the Hijabi had been born. Each shirt depicted a courageous, strong Muslim woman wearing a hijab, standing above the Arabic script relaying the message of “Together We Can.” A symbol of the beauty and feminism taught in Islam, and a tribute to the original Rosie the Riveter, Afaneh wanted to mirror the icon’s message of the need for womens empowerment and individuality of voices across communities. Through social media and word of mouth, Afaneh raised over $1,000, and donated all proceeds to the National Zakat Foundation of America for emergency relief for Syrian refugees. As a college student at Pomona College, Afaneh continues to sell the T shirts on her local campus to fundraise for the foundation, and raise a climate of Islamic awareness on campus. Rosie the Hijabi has been blessed with the loyalty, love, and support of its customers to grow as an ethical clothing line and a beautiful representation of the Muslim community.