#MuslimWomensDay is uplifting—and, of course, full of trolls.
A new hashtag is trending on Twitter today with the intention of uplifting the voices of Muslim women, a group generally silenced, during Women’s History Month.
#MuslimWomensDay was started by the website Muslim Girl to specifically bring awareness to the resilience and strength of Muslim women in the face of criticism and bigotry based on their religion, dress, and gender.
— Muslim Girl (@muslimgirl) March 27, 2017
Not just an internet movement, even the Orlando City Council voted to officially recognize Muslim Women’s Day. “Muslim women play an integral role in the economic, cultural, and social development in our community,” the council’s proclamation reads. “The city of Orlando celebrates the diversity of its residents and is proud that Orlando is a welcoming, inclusive community.”
Throughout the day on Twitter, #MuslimWomensDay was full of Muslim women celebrating each other, as well as others recognizing Muslim women’s power and worth.
How can we celebrate and honor Muslim women everyday?
1. Let Muslim women speak for themselves. #MuslimWomensDay
— Sabina Khan-Ibarra (@MuslimahMontage) March 27, 2017
Happy #MuslimWomensDay to all the non-hijabis & hijabis who have struggled through centuries of discrimination but preserved ❤️ Alhumdulilah
— SUMMIAH (@auroratsuki) March 27, 2017
Happy #MuslimWomensDay! Let's center voices of Muslim women & not trolls who wish to silence us by pushing a perverse version women's rts.
— Rana Elmir (@elmirana) March 27, 2017
— Rana (@RanaKadiri) March 27, 2017
#MuslimWomensDay – start following more Muslim women activists, writers, artists. We are not a monolith- nor are we a clique.
— Footybedsheets (@_shireenahmed_) March 27, 2017
— Azisa Noor (@azisanoor) March 27, 2017
Like all hashtags, though, dissenters and trolls have attempted to overtake it.
#MuslimWomensDay – Why are feminists celebrating the veil – a garment Muslim feminist groups have been trying to discard for 100 years?
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 27, 2017
— RealVinnieJames (@RealVinnieJames) March 27, 2017
Excluding themselves from women
Let's have a Christian woman day
Oh wait that's prejudice
Always with the separation ugh
— thebreakfastlady (@sandraldevine) March 27, 2017
— Mary Lovato (@billmaryy) March 27, 2017
While the entire point of Muslim Women’s Day is for Muslim women to do the speaking, not adhering to the memo is what trolls do. Thankfully, the celebrated don’t have time for the hate.
— A. (@SomalAyan) March 27, 2017
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