The first Muslim Women's Day happened, here's why it matters
A roundup of the best reads on this monumental occasion
In case you missed it, 28 March 2017 was the first Muslim Women's Day, a celebration created by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, an American Muslim women's rights activist. Amani founded the MuslimGirl.com in 2009 when she was just 17, chronicling her life as a Muslim woman in America. She has since rounded up her own in-house staff for the website, appeared on the New York Times editor's list for her book Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age and was included in Forbes' '30 Under 30' list. All this at just the age of 24.
Amani and her colleagues introduced #MuslimWomensDay to plenty of support worldwide, but they weren't spared from criticism. Some people were sceptical about the whole point of the celebration; a few tweets even expressed offensive opinions in relation to #MuslimWomensDay.
So theres a Womens Day and a MUSLIM Womens Day. A bit greedy if you ask me— Dylan (@dylanhurley94) March 27, 2017
#MuslimWomensDay— Mr Alex 🇺🇸 (@New_England_) March 27, 2017
So when can we expect Christain, Jewish, Hindu, etc.. Womens Day? Or u just trying to hide Muslim men beating their women?
So let me get this straight, muslim womens day, a day to celebrate the enslavement of women? Really? this world is fucked! #MuslimWomensDay— Mark (@darkskynigh2015) March 27, 2017
Feel triggered? We understand, but hold on; that's exactly why the world needs Muslim Women's Day. The significance of the day, even though it's at the end of International Women's Month, is not lost. With President Trump's immigration ban against certain Muslim countries, Amani felt it was necessary to amplify efforts to empower Muslim women, especially in America.
As a result, MuslimGirl.com worked together with media partners like Refinery29, The Huffington Post and Nylon to start more conversations about Muslim women, allowing them to have a voice for themselves and share their own stories.
MuslimGirl.com's focus is on America, but here in Malaysia, this movement almost mirrors the work of our local community fighting for gender equality at the recent Women's March in Kuala Lumpur. If you remember, even singer Yuna has spoken out against racism. The bottom line: all women deserve to speak her thoughts without being discriminated for her religion or race.
Here are five great reads related to Muslim Women's Day for you to enjoy (and for haters to get educated).
Why We Need A Muslim Women's Day on Huffington Post
This piece provides facts and statistics that show why this celebration is so necessary.
Meet the 24-Year-Old Mogul Who Made Muslim Women's Day a Viral Sensation on Complex.com
Hear about #MuslimWomensDay and its message, straight from the founder herself.
Muslim Women's Day 2017: 10 Powerful Quotes Celebrating Girl Power in Islam on International Business Times
Be inspired and empowered by these quotes from women such as education advocate Malala Yousafzai and hijabi model Halima Aden
What International Muslim Women's Day Means To Me on Refinery29
Read a first-hand personal essay by this teenager (and MuslimGirl.com writer) on what it's like to be a Muslim woman living in America and her hopes for the future.
7 Muslim Activists That Are Making A Difference on Nylon.com
As the MuslimGirl.com's motto says, "Muslim women talk back."