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Women host Peterborough event to dispel 'myths' about Islam

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

A group of Muslim women have been trying to break down some of the misconceptions about their faith in Peterborough today.

The 'Celebrating women in Islam' event was organised as part of a national initiative by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.

Pink roses were handed out by the women in the city centre and passers-by were also offered the chance to try on a headscarf.

Pink roses were a feature of the event. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We just wanted to come out and share the fact that we're just like everyone else," event organiser Salma Yaqoob told ITV News Anglia.

"We're physiologically the same. We've got women who are leading their fields in Peterborough.

"We're professional women, we're mothers, we work, we organise events. So we just wanted to put a positive spin on things."

It's hoped the event will help the wider community understand more about the muslim religion as well as improving relations.