As a woman, one of my favourite quotes is: “Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”
Yep, these 16 words sum up exactly what it’s like to be a woman nowadays.
We’re still facing challenges for equal representation. We’re still grasping for equal (access to) resources. And, we’re still demanding equal respect.
Shocking isn’t it? Well, here at Islamic Relief, we know all too well the impact gender inequality has on not just women and girls, but their families and entire communities.
We see how, women and girls are more likely to struggle against poverty, to be unable to read and write, and to be denied the right to earn their own income.
That’s why it’s critical that we keep raising our voices. This International Women’s Day, we’re doing exactly that!
This year’s theme is #EachforEqual. And we couldn’t agree more!
Yes, we need equal pay, equal representation, equal rights, equal spaces and equal access to resources! We all need to be treated equally – whatever our gender!
So, with that in mind, we’d like to share amazing stories of women who – despite the challenges – have carved out their own spaces. They’ve inspired change, they’ve fought for the rights of other women, and they’ve defied stereotypes.
Quite frankly: they’re just pretty awesome! So, in no particular order, here are our six inspirational Muslim women who you need to know!