Here at MyDomaine HQ, we strongly believe in the power of women. From supporting the movements they're behind to the brands that are empowering them, we're in the business of elevating women's voices and ensuring the message they're broadcasting is heard, loud and clear: Never let fear stand in your way. Today, in honor of Women’s History Month, we teamed up with MuslimGirl.com (and dozens of media and web partners) to recognize and celebrate the first ever Muslim Women’s Day. MuslimGirl founder Amani Alkhat worked tirelessly to launch this new initiative for young modern women all over the globe and to "kickstart an open honest dialogue about Islam in today’s society," she writes.
As the editor in chief, Alkhat aims to "bridge the gap between different religions through the spirit of sisterhood, and to host interfaith discussion to combat growing stereotypes within our society and tackle social issues that may otherwise be shied away from." Her social activism and leadership extend beyond her role as an editor. Indeed, she spearheaded the movement to claim March 27 as Muslim Women’s Day and formed a partnership with Getty Images to diversify the images of Muslims in the digital and advertising space by creating stock photo collections.
Alkhat is a shining example of all the possibilities that arise when media allies with tolerance, as she’s proving with her work for #MuslimWomensDay. We’re only one click away from connecting with people from different walks of life and promoting greater understanding, so we're proud to get involved and work together to increase visibility for women everywhere. If you want to, too, read through the four things you can do to take part below.
1. Spotlight Muslim women’s voices: With the power of social media, we can give space to those who are underrepresented. Make an effort to reblog, retweet, and plug your favorite Muslim women online.
2. Share Muslim women’s experiences: We’re flooding the internet with inspiring content from our partners across the web highlighting Muslim women’s stories. If they come across your dash or news feed, share them with your network!
3. Get informed about the issue: This fact sheet from ACLU maps out the ways in which Muslim women experience discrimination every day.
4. Speak up against discrimination and violence: According to the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding's recent poll on Muslim Americans in 2017, “Muslim women are more likely than Muslim men to report experiencing religious discrimination in the last year (68% vs. 55%).”
It's worth noting that the same IPSU study also discovered that “three in four Muslim women support the Black Lives Matter movement,” which reveals how powerful it can be to promote tolerance together because of cross-cultural differences, not despite them. Today, and every day, we stand with Muslim women against hate, discrimination, and adversity.
Who inspires you to speak up for yourself and others? Share your thoughts in the comments below.