Muslim women in Ireland have been encouraged to become more involved in their communities through volunteering.

A conference held in Dublin today was told that getting involved in local activities would help women to better integrate themselves with society, while also helping to change perceptions about their beliefs.

Hosted by the Muslim Sisters of Éire, the event heard about the volunteer work many Muslim women are engaged in around the country.

In recent weeks that has included bringing supplies to vulnerable people during Storm Emma, while the organisation also holds a weekly soup run for the homeless in Dublin city centre.