The first ever Muslim Women’s Day took place on Monday 27 March. The campaign was launched by the website Muslim Girl (with the help of a few friends) as a way to celebrate the achievements of a group who are, in the words of Muslim Girl founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, ‘rarely given the space to be heard above all the noise’.
Things got off to a roaring start thanks to the #MuslimWomensDay hashtag. As the day progressed, the tag was fixed to hundreds of tweets highlighting the inspiring, creative and influential work of Muslim women. Check out some of the best below:
— Em. (@EmilyBashforth) March 27, 2017
Muslim women come in all shades, shapes and sizes. Some wear hijab, some don't – all r Muslim. Sending love to all of us. #MuslimWomensDay
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) March 28, 2017
— UN Women (@UN_Women) March 27, 2017
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 27, 2017
Shoutout to the hijabis, no-jabis, glamjabis, half-jabis and all Muslim girls. It's a tough world. I see you and I love you #MuslimWomensDay
— Hind Makki (@HindMakki) March 27, 2017
— Asha Noor (@RajooWeyn) March 27, 2017
While the #MuslimWomensDay tweets revealed an amazing range of stories and viewpoints, most of the them shared a similar message: Muslim women can achieve whatever they set their minds to, regardless of how society chooses to view them.
These voices echoed across social media, and the campaign soon had an impact on the non-digital world: Florida officially proclaimed 27 March Muslim Women’s Day throughout the state (take a peek at the very official document).
This being a campaign positioned primarily in an online forum, #MuslimWomensDay did attract the usual nay-saying bottom feeders of internet discourse, who used the tag to ferry their own bigoted views. But these wrong ‘uns were in the minority (as usual) and their actions only reinforced the importance of the day:
The vitriol, venom, hate on the #MuslimWomensDay hashtag tells you why we need to celebrate Muslim women. Keep shining ladies ⭐️
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) March 27, 2017
While the day may not have ended in worldwide marches, every movement ever conceived started somewhere. And kicking off with a global trend on Twitter isn’t exactly a bad ‘somewhere’ to start. Monday gave a huge number of women a platform to air their views with the support of millions of like-minded sisters, and it will no doubt inspire many more to do the same further down the line.
We hope #MuslimWomensDay will be even bigger when 27 March rolls around next year. If it can bring so many good vibes in its first outing, who knows what the future will hold?
Keep shining ladies.