It’s international women’s day and today’s post is co-written with Duran Serttas as we reflect on the role of allies, particularly Muslim men in the public discourse about Muslim women.
International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. The celebration first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.
What is effective ally ship?
A good ally is an advocate that uses their privilege and power to support marginalized groups in society. Being an ally involves confronting one’s own privilege and understanding the importance of centering the experiences of unheard groups of people, in this case Muslim women who habitually have external narratives imposed on them.
1. Stop talking and listen
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