• MOGA launches a rainbow-striped Pride scarf in support of marriage equality. (MOGA)Source: MOGA
MOGA's Pride scarf "can be worn by anyone, regardless of their skin colour, religious beliefs or sexual orientation".
By
Alyssa Braithwaite

31 Oct 2017 - 2:45 PM  UPDATED 31 Oct 2017 - 2:45 PM

Fashion label MOGA are showing their support for marriage equality in Australia by producing a rainbow-coloured Pride scarf. 

The Melbourne-based label, which prides itself of championing social inclusiveness and challenging social norms, says it designed the limited edition scarf in honour of the strength and bravery of the LGBTQI community.

"During one of the most critical and important times in our nation’s history, we at MOGA are proud to voice our support for marriage equality in Australia," MOGA says of its new design.

"Our Pride scarf can be worn by anyone, regardless of their skin colour, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

"To demonstrate this, we have even draped it as a hijab, a world first, to acknowledge that members of the LGBTIQ community exist in all religions, including Islam, which is sadly one of the most homophobic in the world."

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Writer and model Kalida Edwards is the official face of the MOGA Pride/Marriage Equality campaign.

As a bisexual woman of colour and young mum, Edwards has written about the importance of standing up for equality.

"[To] people voting ‘no’ based on their religious beliefs - you cannot claim religious freedom and yet support a movement to ban the hijab or burqa," she writes. 

"I refer this even more explicitly to those who claim to be voting ‘for the children,’ yet in the same breath refute the safe school program – as if all children don’t deserve inclusivity and protection. 

"I am doing my best to breathe through this debate, and to remember that although the opposition doesn’t always care what we say, it is still important that we say it." 

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MOGA specialises in women's headscarves and shawls, and 20 per cent of the brand's profits are used to help young girls attend secondary schools in some of the world's most vulnerable areas.

The fashion designer behind MOGA, Sri Lankan-born Melbourne creative Azahn Munas, said: "The expression of love and identity is paramount to what we stand for. At the end of the day, everyone should feel proud of who they are, regardless of their skin colour, religious beliefs or sexual orientation and everyone deserves the right to love, and be loved in return.”

Last year Munas sent some MOGA headscarves to Pauline Hanson and penned an open letter in which he urged the One Nation senator to change the way she speaks about minorities in Australia. 

For Australia Day this year MOGA released green and gold headscarves to celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism of Australia. 

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