Hong Kong is likely to get its first woman-only mosque by next year, believed to be the only of its kind in Asia outside of China, reports said on December 13.
The mosque would cost an estimated 500,000 Hong Kong dollars (US $64,000) and would be targeted at Indonesian maids working in the city.
“Women do not have enough places for Muslim prayers in Hong Kong,” said Titien Suprupti, chairperson of the Wanodya Indonesian Club, adding, “some are praying in gardens and open spaces, and we feel this is not suitable. It is crowded, noisy and uncomfortable.”
According to Indonesian maids, the city’s four existing mosques did not meet their needs. Also, mosques tend to be dominated by men even though women and men pray separately.The Wanodya club, along with other groups, plans to set up the mosque some time next year.