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The Stream· Wed, Jul 29 2015 18:08:09
The veil-wearing woman tends to be the predominant image associated with Muslim women in mainstream media. Yet, this prevailing image conceals the rich and diverse community of Muslim women from across the globe.
Muslim women, ranging from peace activists to comics, are pushing back against these stereotypes and promoting their own identities.
Yes, we can! #altmuslimah #girlpower #strength #muslimgirl #muslimwomen #muslimfeministaltmuslimah
, founder of
The Voice of Libyan Women
, moved back to her hometown in Libya as a teenager after spending the majority of her childhood in Canada. In 2011, while Murabit was attending medical school, the Libyan revolution broke out. Murabit witnessed the importance of women taking on a leading role in the movement, but was disappointed when she saw that role diminish when the revolution was over. In a TED talk, Murabit speaks about her experience in advocating for greater women’s rights in Libya.
What Islam Really Says About Women | Alaa Murabit | TED TalksTED
is smashing stereotypes about Muslim women in a different way. As the first Indonesian Muslim female stand-up comic, Mar’uf uses humor and sarcasm to break the silence on taboo topics such as sex and religion.
Young Muslim comic takes on fundamentalistsMoralCourageChannel
Edina Lekovic is using her platform at the first
Women's Mosque of America
to help dispel stereotypes of Muslim women in the US. With blond hair and blue eyes, Lekovic is often mistaken as a Muslim convert even though was raised Muslim. Here's Edina delivering the first sermon for the Women's Mosque of America:
Edina Lekovic KhutbahWomens Mosque of America
in sports are not images the Western media shares very often, but
has changed that. The 29-year-old fencing world champion hopes to become the first Muslim American to compete in a hijab at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. Her motivation not only derives from her passion for the sport, but also her desire to inspire black and Muslim youth to take up sports.
A Fencing Masterclass with Ibtihaj MuhammadUSEmbassyLondon
Of course, there are countless Muslim women activists working in different fields and in different parts of the world. We asked our community which activists they wished to see on our show and which ones inspire them. These were some of their suggestions:
@AJStream There are far too many. Current list @LSarsour @QueenRania @naureenshah @aliarsalem @rulajebreal @maysoonzayid @Margari_AzizaSumbel Aurangzeb
@AJStream @Zahraqoranne she is an activist from Somalia who lives in #Mogadishuabdifatah ibrahim
@AJStream @YasminMogahed is a great choice! How about yourself @JKFagge for producing a @VOAHausa show for millions of youths in Nigeria?mojaam
@AJStream I would love to see @mansuraminhas due to her amazing award winning civil rights & community service work in MiamiQasim Rashid, Esq.
The Stream community discussed how Muslim women are breaking down barriers at work and in their communities:
@AJStream last week 9 Muslim female athletes participate to RAGBRAI in Iowa to demand gender equity in sports. That's breaking down barriersHAJER NAILI
@Nuri_ibrahim @AJStream they're putting themselves in entrepreneurship space, writing stories that impact others around them, speaking out.Laila Alawa
@AJStream By maintaining their Muslim identity and shaping careers in male dominated industries like: tech, journalism, engineering, etc...Raisa Mahomed
@Nuri_ibrahim @AJStream they're creating their own platforms, writing their stories and people are listening to them. Not to mention...Arnessa
@Nuri_ibrahim @AJStream the fact so many of these Muslim women are combating Islamophobia, racism & are always fighting for their communityArnessa
They also discussed misconceptions about Muslim women:
@AJStream That we are 'oppressed' and forced to cover up. Hunnie, I'm more liberated than you'll ever know -- Alhamdulillahزيبا| Zaiba
@AJStream People seem to think they're caged birds- no freedom or self expression, which is wrong. People get religion & culture mixed up.Boo Radley
@AJStream Western/European paternalism. "We know what's best for you" "You are oppressed"Naveen R
Others talked about the challenges Muslim women still face:
@AJStream dealing with having our feelings and views conveyed to the public by white feminists who don't understand usayesh
@AJStream non-Muslims who speak on our behalf denying both our visibility and to speak for our own experiencesHanan Dover
@Nuri_ibrahim @AJStream Especially when Muslim women are constantly painted as inferior & submissive by both Islamophobes & Radical Muslims.Walaa Al-Taee
Which modern day Muslim women inspire you? Leave your comments below.