The Advocates for the Empowerment of Women of All Color, a committee of the Campus Y, held a dinner discussion on the religious tradition.
Led by guest speaker Taffy Bodman, a UNC alumna and expert on Islamic culture, the discussion addressed religious, social and economic aspects of the veiling issue.
"Our initial purpose was to present the different sides," said committee
Co-chairwoman LeElaine Comer. "(Veiling) can be oppression, and at the same time it can be a form of empowerment."
Bodman began the event with an informative talk about veiling as a Muslim tradition.
Bodman said a Muslim woman wears a covering as a religious act as interpreted by the word of the Quran, the holy book of Islam.
"Muslim is monolithic - it means something different for different countries and individuals," Bodman said. "It is based on interpretation."
She described veiling as potentially liberating for women because it gives them respect and protection when they leave their homes.
"In the Middle East, men have public space while women are gated to the house," Bodman said.