The Jakarta Post
Women-focused online magazine Magdalene.co recently held a breaking-of-the-fast gathering in Jakarta.
Titled “Berbagi Cerita Beragama [Sharing Stories of Religions]: An Intimate Evening of Comedy and Story Telling”, the event was an open and inclusive space where stories and experiences were shared and cherished.
“We picked the topic of religion not only because the event takes place during Ramadan but also because religion is one of the issues that always attract our readers and followers,” said Magdalene’s editor in chief Devi Asmarani in a release.
“At the same time, within the topic of religiosity, there is diversity, whether through the rituals practiced or the way the teaching is interpreted.”
Actress Hannah Al Rashid, also known for her feminist activism, shared how she grew up in a multicultural household in Britain. The Muslim father from Bugis and the Catholic mother from France, the early introduction to pluralism in a London elementary school, how after years of learning to recite the Quran she found out that she liked the religion (and proclaiming “Mohammad is my dude!”), experiencing wearing a hijab in her teenage years; all that eventually led to her coming to terms with what faith is.
Stand-up comedian Mega Syalshabillah shared a bit about her past as a tattoo artist and how she made peace with it now that she’s a hijab-wearing woman with tattoos on her arm.
Financial consultant Ligwina Hananto who’s ventured into stand-up comedy told lively, colorful stories of her Sundanese lineage.
As the last performer of the night, stand-up comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf brought the house down with her zings and musings. Not one to shy away from laughing at herself, she also delivered straight jabs on holier-than-thou people and "activists" who hold meetings at fancy malls.
According to Devi, the performers were chosen “because of their unique perspectives and their concerns on issues championed by the publication, namely women empowerment, diversity and inclusiveness”.
The event is a debut of Magdalene’s Mind Live Podcast Event, along with the launch of Magdalene’s second book, The Feminist Minds: Two Years of Collected Essays from Magdalene.
In between the performance, the stage was open for anyone who wanted to share their own stories.
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