Tuesday marked one year since Muslim Girl founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh declared it Muslim Women's Day on March 27, 2017, and its second year was no less celebratory. On Tuesday, people shared memes and tributes on Muslim Women's Day, including artsy GIFs and illustrations, to uplift the voices of Muslim women. According to Al-Khatahtbeh, 2018's Muslim Women's Day follows an anti-violence theme as this year Muslim women will "talk back to violence."
While speaking with CNN in March, Al-Khatahtbeh said it was important to have an official day for Muslim women in order to "center Muslim women's voices for the day, to empower us, to flood the internet with new, diverse, positive stories and Muslim women's voices, and basically just pass the mic." This year's Muslim Women's Day would focus on discussing sexual abuse and harassment as well as gun violence, according to the social media-savvy entrepreneur and activist.
Al-Khatahtbeh told CNN that last year's Muslim Women's Day "really afforded [Muslim women] an opportunity to change the culture around how we talk about Muslim women and how we cover their stories."
The same could be said for this year's celebration as well. Al-Khatahtbeh's ideas were reflected in various posts on Twitter; Muslim journalists, activists, comedians, and more joined the #MuslimWomensDay hashtag to amplify each other's voices, highlighted contributions made by Muslim women in society, and shared lovely selfies, too.