As we approach international women’s day and appreciate the works of women in the past and present have done and are doing to voice the voiceless, we are still witnessing escalating figures of women experiencing various forms and levels of abuse from all corners of the world – whether they be in their personal space, the wider society or systemically. Being a visibly Muslim woman, it is harrowing to witness other visibly Muslim women experience alienation and constant attacks from society – being denied their right to education and work, the constant brainwashing of the media against Muslim women and the draconian laws that criminalise them because of their Islamic attire. Why does a piece of cloth scare them so much? The piece of cloth that I, along with the millions of Muslim women across the globe wear – symbolises empowerment and strength, and such societies are afraid of empowered women. Period.
Whilst the world celebrates women’s independence day, let’s also remind ourselves that there’s still a lot of work to do.
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