All things Muslim - incredible stories & positive vibes

#DearSister – The Muslim Women fed up of Being Told What to do

On the 8th of March, people all over the world celebrated International Women’s Day. The campaign theme this year is ‘Be Bold for Change’, a powerful statement that reflects the hard work being done by countless women to achieve gender equality and a more inclusive, open and understanding world.

One of these women is Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American journalist and Muslim who – to vastly understate it – receives plenty of “constructive criticism” about her efforts to promote women’s rights and/or general opinion on absolutely everything. These mostly arrive as emails, beginning with a phrase similar to, ‘Dear sister, I say these things with greatest certitude of your Islam…’ before the sender proceeds to stomp all over Eltahawy’s views.

Tired of receiving so many unwelcome critiques, she asked her Twitter followers to share their stories of daily lecturing via the #DearSister tag. What resulted were tweets highlighting the unreasonable expectations placed on many Muslim women:

 

While some of the stories on show make for pretty tough reading, Eltahawy ultimately found them to be empowering. Speaking to the BBC, she said, ‘I love the ferocity and energy.’

‘For me the most important thing is that #DearSister is a platform for Muslim women and girls – somewhere they get the space to speak, and everyone must listen.’ It’s clear that some men are already taking note:

Related Content

Inspirational
#MuslimWomensDay
The Realist, Wokest and Downright Best Reactions to the First …

#MuslimWomensDay took place on 27 March. The campaign was launched by the website Muslim Girl to celebrate the achievements of all Muslim ladies out there.

Inspirational
Toorpakai
Girl Unbound: The Incredible Story of Maria Toorpakai

Maria Toorpakai defied Taliban law in rural Pakistan so she could play squash. The documentary, Girl Unbound: The War to Be Her, tells her remarkable story.

Inspirational
trolls
Muslim Girl Shuts Down Hijab Haters With Text From Her Dad

After a particularly nasty troll tweeted their ‘views’ on the hijab to a Muslim girl, she shut them down by posting a screenshot of a text from her dad.

Recent Posts

Ramadan Gains: Saeed Atcha
Ramadan Gains: Saeed Atcha
Ramadan Gains: Shazia Hossen
Ramadan Gains: Shazia Hossen
Ramadan Gains: Muna Ally
Ramadan Gains: Muna Ally
Ramadan Gains: Mohammed Yahya
Ramadan Gains: Mohammed Yahya
Standing together against hatred with expressions of love and unity
Standing together against hatred with expressions of love and unity
Madihah Haq is showing us that faith and passion can coexist
Madihah Haq is showing us that faith and passion can coexist

Privacy Policy

Terms and Conditions