Women in Somali Music

The importance of equality is something that we are all aware of and there is no exception when it comes to Women in Somali Music.

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity. Irving Kristol

There have been many comments across the Somali Music website, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter on how Somali women should act when singing. The reoccurring theme is that women should be well covered especially when it comes to the hair. As usual women have a very difficult chose to make that men do not even have to consider. Lets consider both sides of the coin.

On the one hand, if a woman wears a hijab and sings i.e. in a Somali music video then some may think she is a hypocrite and they will criticise her. On the other hand, if a Somali women singing in a music video does not wear a hijab she will still be criticised as she is not covering herself. Indeed this is a double edged sword.

We would like to hear your thoughts on this. Is there a correct decision to make? What would that be?

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