At a critical time in history, the first Muslim Women's Day took place Monday, March 27. Created by the website MuslimGirl, in partnership with a few dozen media organizations, the idea is to create a platform for the voices and experiences of Muslim women.
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, MuslimGirl’s Editor-in-Chief, hopes that those who support Muslims will use this day as an opportunity to hear about their plights straight from those who experience it. “There are so many conversations unfolding around us right now about the women’s movement and the Muslim ban, and Muslim women are rarely given the space to be heard above the noise," Al-Khatahtbeh told The Huffington Post. The partnering media outlets will be featuring stories from Muslim women throughout the day. This will include everything from traditional articles to Facebook lives and Snapchat Discover stories.
Falling at the end of an especially important Women's History month, this day stands as a reminder that, while all women have rights which are endangered by our current administration, Muslim women have just about everything to lose. Islamophobia is a very real thing in this country that must be dismantled.
Muslim Women's Day also highlights how important and necessary intersectional feminism is. As Audre Lorde said, “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” If you are not a Muslim woman use today — and every day — as a chance to hear about the struggles of others learn how to help elevate their voices.
Check out these inspiring pro-Muslim protest signs, listen to your fellow women, and speak out.