Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Famous Faces: Famile Arslan
athletes to authors to actresses.
Famile Arslan is a Muslimah of Turkish origin, and the first lawyer to wear a hijab in the Netherlands. She is also the founder and president of Arslan Lawyers in The Hague. Speaking to TIME Magazine of her first day at work she says:
"'The cleaning supplies are over there,'" Arslan recalls being told. "I had to say, 'No, I'm not the cleaner. I'm the lawyer.'"
Apart from her job at her law firm, Famile is deeply involved in several projects and initiatives for the betterment of the Dutch Muslim community, including being a member of the board of the Islam and Citizenship Foundation, and setting up the National Muslim Women’s Network.
You can read more about her work here.