Words: Elle Griffiths
You’re probably aware that we’re just coming to the end of Women’s History Month.
But you might not also know that this year, women and feminists took a day to amplify the voices of Muslim women who are still so often overlooked in mainstream society and feminism.
The first ever Muslim Women’s Day was held on March 27th and saw people taking to social media to share empowering images and stories of Muslim women from around the globe.
“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,” editor in chief of MuslimGirl.com, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh told The Huffington Post
Muslim women have born the brunt of the recent surge in Islamophobia , particularly those who choose to wear the hijab.
A recent survey from The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding found that Muslim women were more likely than Muslim men to report discrimination in the last year
Al-Khatahtbeh added that the day was for feminist allies to “pass the mic” to their Muslim sisters.
Unfortunately, some Twitter users took the opportunity to demonstrate why the day was needed by hijacking the hashtag with vile abuse and stereotypes.
Several clueless racists and right-wingers tried to imply that there was a contradiction in being both Muslim and feminist, citing tired tropes and using atrocities against women in Muslim majority countries in attempt to silence women.
But luckily there were also plenty of strong and powerful images, quotes and stories to drown out the bigots.
Even allies with high profiles such as Amy Poehler took time to tweet support and share a positive narrative of Muslim women.
Twitter at its very best and worst, in one day.