If you haven’t yet heard the news, this Saturday, March 27th, is Muslim Women’s Day! (Squeal!) It’s our absolute favorite time of the year (besides Ramadan and Eid, of course) and we’re so excited to share it with you! We launched Muslim Women’s Day in 2017, in response to the travel ban. Now, five years later, the #MuslimWomensDay global campaign has grown to become the biggest media day of the year centering the voices and stories of Muslim women.
This year, in honor of it being our baby’s fifth birthday, we’re hosting our FIRST EVER DIGITAL SUMMIT! Sign up to receive text messages from Muslim Girl at 917-540-8278. We’ll be sending your invitation straight to your phone along with all the details of how to make the most out of the day.
So, in honor of our upcoming #MuslimWomensDay campaign, here are some of our favorite articles from Muslim Women’s Day campaigns past.
Muslim Girl’s founder, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, explains why she founded Muslim Women’s Day: “Growing up [in the United States], by the time I was leaving elementary school, we were already embroiled in two wars in the Middle East. And even today, we elected a president largely based on assumptions of the Muslim community. A lot of these policies impacting Muslims worldwide are largely based on a lot of misinformation. One of the reasons why MuslimGirl became such a necessary space is, first of all, to cultivate a presence for our voices in the media in the hope that … it will make it more difficult for that misinformation to lead to those policies.” Read more here.
Representation matters. In this 2017 article, Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Var keep it real on their experiences embracing feminism and reconciling nuance, especially within the contexts of their Muslim womanhood. Read it here.
There’s a huge gender bias in healthcare — studies show that women’s pain is taken less seriously than men’s, with outcomes worsening for women from marginalized groups, including Muslim women. MuslimGirl.com’s Executive Editor, Azmia Magane, riffs on her many frustrating interactions navigating the woefully inadequate American healthcare system — including the time a gynecologist asked her about terrorism, mid-exam. Read it here.
Last year’s theme was autonomy, which, as Bustle notes, “touches on everything from redefining social distancing to creating space in the narratives for voices that aren’t always allowed to speak for themselves.” Bustle was kind enough to curate a list of five comics who just happen to be Muslim women, so if you’re in need of some inspo and a laugh, read it here.
2020: This Muslim Women’s Day, celebrate 10 stereotype smashers from comic books to Congress, Daily Kos
Daily Kos did it up for Muslim Women’s Day last year by compiling a listicle of some Muslim women superheroes to stan, ranging from those in comic books to those in Congress. Read it here.
We hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane…inshallah it’s getting you hype for all the content to come! Slide in our DMs and let us know what you’re most excited for this #MuslimWomensDay, or what #MuslimWomensDay means to you at @muslimgirl on Instagram and Twitter.