Scouts offer new range of clothing for young Muslim women

Scouts uniformGirl scouts are being offered a new range of clothing, following requests from Muslim scout members.

The range was designed to ensure Muslim girls felt comfortable without being restricted and includes “hoodie” and T-shirt dresses”. Both are knee-length, and include print graphics inspired by scout badges and the spirit of adventure.

Around 600 Muslim girls are expected to benefit, although the range is being made available to all girl scouts.

British designer Sarah Elenany, 27, from London, created the new range out of her fashion label Elenany. She said she aimed to make them fun to wear, so that youngsters would relax while doing activities. “I wanted the scouts to be really involved in the design process – the girls told me what they wanted to wear and what issues they had with the existing range,” she said.

The range aims to highlight how the scouts are modernising, increasing diversity and responding to members.

BBC News, 30 March 2012